Simone Biles returns to gymnastics, wins first competition

Simone Biles is back. 

The Olympian returned to competition after a 711-day hiatus at the U.S. Classic and won after scoring a 15.2 on the balance beam.

Biles was trailing Riley McCusker by four-tenths of a point going into the event and was unhappy with herself after a shaky performance on the uneven bars.

“I guess in that moment, I enjoyed being [ticked] off, yeah,” Biles said, via the Associated Press.

The 15.2 beam score propelled Biles to an all-around score of 58.700, which was enough to surpass McCusker and beat reigning world champion Morgan Hurd by more than two points.

Overall, Biles posted the highest scores on vault (15.4), floor exercise (14.75) and beam (15.2) during Saturday night’s performance.

It’s impressive given Biles hasn’t been in a competition since her dominance at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where she won five medals, including four gold.

“There’s still a lot to work on — work on the nerves, work on the consistency, work on the landings — but for this point, at this time in the year, I think we’re in a pretty good place,” Biles said.

It’s a good place to be, considering Biles needs to prepare for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

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