The U.S. Gymnastics Championships are an opportunity for gymnasts, both junior and senior elites, to make a mark and potentially become a U.S. National Team member. On the first day of competition in Boston yesterday, this is exactly what the gymnasts did, seizing the opportunity and spotlight to showcase their incredible gymnastics.
Coming into the competition, Simone Biles, the reigning Olympic all-around champion, was the one to watch, and she did not disappoint. After night one of the competition, Biles sits in first place on all four events and in the all-around. Biles scored an insane 60.100, crushing the competition and out-scoring Morgan Hurd by over three points.
Biles’ most notable performance of the night was her bar routine. Bars in notoriously Biles’ weakest event, however, she has come back in this new quad with an upgraded routine to score a huge 14.850. Also worth a mention is Biles’ performance on vault, where she competed a near flawless Cheng and an Amanar to score a whopping 15.600
Morgan Hurd finished behind Biles after night one, however, displayed great confidence in her routines and was the most consistent she has ever been. Hurd’s incredible bar routine, which scored a 14.650, contributed to her all-around score of 57.000.
Grace McCallum impressed for fourth place all-around, surprising many, just behind Riley McCusker. McCallum competed a beautiful Yurchenko double full and was consistent on all four events, putting herself in the worlds team conversation if she can keep it up Sunday.
Junior Leanne Wong picked up right where she left off at the GK U.S. Classic last month in Columbus. Wong dominated the competition in Columbus and did the exact same here in Boston. Wong leads the all-around with a 56.400 and has proven to be extremely consistent on all four events.
Sunisa Lee trails behind Wong by five tenths after night one of Championships. Lee performs incredibly difficult skills and truly shines on bars and beam. Last month at the U.S. Classic, Lee managed to win the balance beam title with just a layout dismount and is currently sitting in first place on beam with a 14.050. Lee is also ranked first on bars where she performs and incredibly difficult Nabieva, a laid out Tkatchev, connected straight through to a pak salto.
Kayla DiCello of Hill’s also had a strong competition for an all-around score of 55.250. However, up and coming juniors, Konnor McClain and Skye Blakely truly made their mark on the first night of Championships and it will be exciting to watch them compete on Sunday for a spot on the U.S. Junior National Team.Tags: Grace McCallum, Kayla DiCello, Konnor McClain, Leanne Wong, Morgan Hurd, Riley McCusker, Simone Biles, Skye Blakely, Sunisa Lee, United States, US Championships