Biles wins fourth-straight U.S. all-around title at 2016 P&G Championships
posted on 06/26/2016

© John Cheng

ST. LOUIS, June 26, 2016 – Three-time World all-around champion Simone Biles of Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre, became the first woman since 1974 to win four consecutive senior women’s all-around titles at the 2016 P&G Gymnastics Championships at the Saint Louis (Mo.) University’s Chaifetz Arena. Performances at the P&G Championships determined the 15 women who will compete at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Gymnastics in San Jose, Calif.

Biles, the first woman to win four-straight U.S. titles since Joan Moore Gnat in 1971-74, tallied an all-around score of 125.000 to seal the title. Two-time Olympic gold-medalist Aly Raisman of Needham, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics, was second at 121.100, followed by MG Elite’s Laurie Hernandez of Morganville, N.J., in third with 120.500. Two-time 2012 Olympic gold-medalist Gabby Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va./Buckeye Gymnastics, was fourth (117.800), and Madison Kocian of Dallas/WOGA, took fifth (116.450).

Event scores for top five in the all-around (2-day total/June 26 score)

  • Simone Biles: 125.000/62.100 (1), all-around; 31.975/16.000, vault (top score); 29.850/14.750, uneven bars; 30.800/15.100, balance beam (top score); 32.150/16.050, floor exercise (top score).
  • Aly Raisman: 121.100/60.650 (2), all-around; 30.850/15.500, vault; 28.300/14.150, uneven bars; 30.650/15.300, balance beam; 31.300/15.700, floor exercise.
  • Laurie Hernandez: 120.500/60.050 (3), all-around; 29.850/14.800, vault; 30.450/15.150, uneven bars; 30.600/15.300, balance beam; 29.600/14.800, floor exercise.
  • Gabby Douglas, Virginia Beach, Va./Buckeye Gymnastics: 117.800/58.900 (4), all-around; 29.700/14.900, vault; 29.600/14.500, uneven bars; 29.250/15.050, balance beam; 29.250/14.450, floor exercise.
  • Madison Kocian: 116.450/58.300 (5), all-around; 27.550/13.750, vault; 31.150/15.700, uneven bars; 28.650/14.250, balance beam; 29.100/14.600, floor exercise.

Top senior event scores: vault, Biles, 31.975; uneven bars, Ashton Locklear, Hamlet, N.C./Everest Gymnastics, 31.300; balance beam, Biles, 30.800; floor exercise, Biles, 32.150.

Scores for top gymnasts who did not compete in the all-around

  • Locklear: 31.300/15.700, uneven bars (top score); 28.600/14.150, balance beam.
  • Maggie Nichols, Little Canada, Minn./Twin City Twisters: 28.200/13.600, uneven bars; 28.250/14.350, balance beam.

Senior women’s national team: The members of the senior women’s national team advance to compete in the women’s Olympic Trials in San Jose, Calif. July 8 and 10: Alyssa Baumann of Plano, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics; Biles; Christina Desiderio of Hackettstown, N.J./Parkettes National Gymnastics Center; Douglas; Brenna Dowell of Odessa, Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express; Rachel Goweyof Urbandale, Iowa/Chow's Gymnastics and Dance Institute; Hernandez; Amelia Hundley of Hamilton, Ohio/Cincinnati Gymnastics; Kocian; Locklear; Nichols; Raisman; Emily Schild of Huntersville, N.C./Everest Gymnastics; MyKayla Skinner of Gilbert, Ariz./Desert Lights Gymnastics; Ragan Smith of Lewisville, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics.

The St. Louis Sports Commission is the local host for both events.

The trials and nationals for men’s and women’s gymnastics are being held separately to accommodate the differences in scheduling needed to properly identify and prepare athletes for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The P&G Gymnastics Championships for the senior men were staged June 3-5 at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., and determined the men competing at the men’s Olympic Trials. The last time the men’s and women’s national championships were held at different times and locations was in 2008. The U.S. Olympic Trials – Women’s Gymnastics is set for July 8 & 10 at SAP Center at San Jose (Calif.). The last time the men’s and women’s trials were held separately was in 1976.

The U.S. Olympic Team Trials for all sports are a collaborative undertaking between the U.S. Olympic Committee, the national governing bodies and the local organizing committees.

Background information

 

  • Chaifetz Arena at the Saint Louis University. Chaifetz Arena (TheChaifetzArena.com) is a 10,600-seat multipurpose venue on the campus of Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. Spectra Venue Management, operators of Chaifetz Arena, is the industry leader across a full range of services that impact the bottom-line success of public assembly venues, including marketing and sales, corporate partnerships, event booking, ticket services and box office management, customer service, operations and engineering, and finance and administration. Spectra by Comcast Spectacor is the expert in hosting and entertainment, partnering with over 300 clients at 400 global properties to create memorable experiences for millions of visitors every year. Spectra’s expertise is embodied within three divisions: Venue Management (formerly Global Spectrum), Food Services & Hospitality (formerly Ovations Food Services), and Ticketing & Fan Engagement (formerly Paciolan). Learn more at SpectraExperiences.com.

  • St. Louis Sports Commission. The St. Louis Sports Commission is the privately-funded nonprofit organization that grows, strengthens and moves St. Louis forward through sports. The organization uses the power of sports to enhance the area’s quality of life and generate economic and social benefit for the St. Louis region.