The four-time Olympic gold medalist became The first woman in history to win the U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials twice, Won the first place with a total of 118.098 points in the two-day event in St. Louis, Missouri.
Sunisa Lee ranked second with 115.832 points, while Jordan Chiles and Grace McCallum ranked in the top four with 114.631 and 112.564 points respectively.
If she defends the Olympic all-around title won in Rio de Janeiro five years ago, Byers will become the first female gymnast to achieve this feat in more than half a century.
On Sunday, the 24-year-old was once again hailed as the GOAT (the greatest ever) in gymnastics.
Biles has postponed her GOAT status, but since 2019, she has been displaying the silhouette of a goat on her tights, responding to criticism in a semi-joking manner.
“I don’t think of myself as a goat. That’s not why I wear a goat in Leo. It was a bit of a joke at first,” she told People earlier this month.
“I wore one in 2019. It’s funny because the haters are very frustrated. What we do is to seduce them more. So I am happy because it is good, and now you are annoyed because you are annoying I.”
Although Byers downplayed the praise, the argument to regard her as one of the greatest athletes in history is entirely reasonable not only in gymnastics but also in sports as a whole.
The Ohio native has won 19 world championships, a total of 25 world championship medals, and her five Olympic medals. She often challenges the limits of female gymnasts.
Byers has four actions named after her, last month Become the first woman in history to complete the Yurchenko double spear vault During the game. This action was previously considered so dangerous that no other female gymnast even considered trying it.
Her dominance in the all-around competition is almost absurd, because Byers has not lost in this event since she was only 16 in 2013.
However, Sunday’s performance is far from the near-perfect standard that Byers has set throughout her brilliant career.
She swayed on the balance beam before jumping off, then looked visibly emotional, and both of her vaults ended with imperfect landings and went out of bounds twice in her floor exercise.
However, even so, it cannot threaten her first and second appearance in Olympic Games.
“I think I’m very emotional all week,” Byers said National Broadcasting Corporation After the incident.
“I can’t believe that the Olympic trials are here again, I can’t believe I’m here again. It’s a journey, and we’re here again in five years.”
Although Byers will be one of the most eye-catching starts for the U.S. team in the Olympics, she admitted that she had considered quitting gymnastics if 2020 Tokyo Olympics It was cancelled last year.
“If they cancel the Olympics, I will quit. I can’t do that anymore,” the 24-year-old said in the first episode Simone and herself, A new seven-part documentary, premiered at Facebook Watched earlier in June.
In March 2020, the International Olympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 organizers Postpone the Olympics for 12 months Because of the COVID pandemic.
Except for the two world wars, The Olympic Games have never been cancelled since it was held in a modern format in 1896.
The Olympic Games are now scheduled to start on July 23, exactly one year after the opening ceremony was originally scheduled.