U.S. Gymnast Simone Biles Snags 4th Consecutive National Championship, Looks to Rio

By Sherley Boursiquot, Epoch Times
June 28, 2016 4:18 pm Last Updated: June 28, 2016 7:02 pm

Simone Biles, a three-time world U.S. all-around gymnastics champion, won her fourth gold medal in women’s gymnastics on June 26 at the P&G Championships.

Her victory, although it wasn’t a surprise to many, made her the first woman to win four consecutive national championships in the all-around in 42 years.  

The last time anyone had seen something like this was in 1974, when Joan Moore Gnat took home four national titles. 

Biles, the 4-foot-8 soon-to-be-Olympian is most favored to win gold at the Rio Games in August, and, according to The New York Times, the 19-year-old gymnast always has fun in her routines.

“People think you have to be serious to do a good job,” the Texas native said. “But I think if you’re having fun, you can do better. You can look back someday and say, ‘Wow, I had a good time instead of being so stressed out.'” 

Simone Biles competes in the floor exercise during the U.S. women's gymnastics championships Sunday, June 26, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Simone Biles competes in the floor exercise during the U.S. women’s gymnastics championships Sunday, June 26, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)



First place finisher Simone Biles, center stands on the podium with second place finisher Aly Raisman and third place finisher Lauren Hernandez during the U.S. women's gymnastics championships Sunday, June 26, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
First place finisher Simone Biles, center stands on the podium with second place finisher Aly Raisman and third place finisher Lauren Hernandez during the U.S. women’s gymnastics championships Sunday, June 26, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Simone Biles waves after being named overall winner in the U.S. women's gymnastics championships Sunday, June 26, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Simone Biles waves after being named overall winner in the U.S. women’s gymnastics championships Sunday, June 26, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)