Olympic star Biles leads Team USA at world cham­pi­onships

Malta Independent - - Sport -

Olympic gym­nas­tics cham­pion Si­mone Biles is ready to take on the world again. The four-time Olympic gold medal­ist and three-time world al­laround cham­pion head­lines the six-woman group Team USA will send to the 2018 world cham­pi­onship in Doha, Qatar later this month. The world cham­pi­onships are the first in­ter­na­tional meet for Biles since the 2016 Sum­mer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The 21-yeara-old took time off af­ter win­ning five medals — in­clud­ing gold in the all-around, vault, floor ex­er­cise and team fi­nal — in Brazil. She re­turned to com­pe­ti­tion in July and cap­tured a fourth US cham­pi­onship in Au­gust. Biles will be joined by 2017 world all-around cham­pion Mor­gan Hurd, 2017 US cham­pion and 2016 Olympic al­ter­nate Ra­gan Smith, Ri­ley McCusker, Grace McCal­lum and Kara Eaker. The world cham­pi­onships serve as a qual­i­fier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The teams that fin­ish in the top three in the team fi­nal will earn an au­to­matic berth to the games. The U.S. has won ev­ery ma­jor in­ter­na­tional team com­pe­ti­tion since the 2011 world cham­pi­onships.

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