Biles soars to sixth U.S. women’s all-around title at 2019 U.S. Championships
posted on 08/11/2019

© John Cheng

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 11, 2019 – 2016 Olympic and 2018 World all-around champion Simone Biles of Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre, treated a nearly packed house to her gravity-defying gymnastics on the way to her sixth U.S. senior women’s all-around title at the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. Biles, who was named women’s gymnastics Athlete of the Year, is the first woman in nearly 70 years to win six senior U.S. all-around titles. Biles and Clara Schroth Lomady, who won the women’s all-around from 1945-46 and 1949-52, both have six to their credit. Kayla DiCello of Boyds, Md./Hill's Gymnastics, clinched the junior women’s all-around crown. The 2019 U.S. Championships set a four-day attendance record for the Championships at 33,894.

In addition to the all-around title, Biles also won the U.S. title for three of the four events – vault (30.850), balance beam (29.650) and floor exercise (29.450) – along with the uneven bars bronze medal (28.800). Biles’ 118.500 was nearly five points ahead of silver-medalist Sunisa Lee of St. Paul, Minn./Midwest Gymnastics Center, who posted a 113.550 in the all-around and was the uneven bars champion at 29.800. Grace McCallum of Isanti, Minn./Twin City Twisters, was third at 111.850. Morgan Hurd of Middletown, Del./First State Gymnastics, moved up in the rankings from the first day to fourth place (111.700). Leanne Wong of Overland Park, Kansas/Great American Gymnastics Express, was fifth (111.250).

The members of the U.S. Women’s Senior National Team are: Biles; Jade Carey of Phoenix, Ariz./Arizona Sunrays; Jordan Chiles of Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre; Kara Eaker of Grain Valley, Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express; Hurd; Lee; McCallum; Riley McCusker of Brielle, N.J./MG Elite; MyKayla Skinner of Gilbert, Ariz./Desert Lights Gymnastics; Trinity Thomas of York, Pa./University of Florida Gymnastics; and Wong.

For the juniors, DiCello had a strong second day of competition and edged out Konnor McClain of Cross Lanes, W.Va./Revolution Gymnastics, for the all-around title, 112.700 to 112.600. Olivia Greaves of Staten Island, N.Y./MG Elite, was third at 110.850. Skye Blakely of Frisco, Texas/WOGA, and Sydney Barros of Lewisville, Texas/Texas Dreams, placed fourth (109.850) and fifth (109.800), respectively. DiCello also claimed the gold medal for the vault (29.500) and floor exercise (27.800), along with the bronze for the uneven bars (27.700). McClain and Greaves split the remaining event titles, with McClain the balance beam champ (28.500) and Greaves on bars (28.950).

The members of the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team are: Ciena Alipio of San Jose, Calif./West Valley Gymnastics School; Barros; Blakely; Sophia Butler of Houston, Texas/Discover Gymnastics; DiCello; eMjae Frazier of Erial, N.J./Parkettes National Gymnastics Center; Greaves; Lilly Lippeatt of Mason, Ohio/Cincinnati Gymnastics; McClain; and Anya Pilgrim of Germantown, Md./Hill's Gymnastics,

At the end of the competition, the Women’s Gymnastics Program presented is year-end awards: Junior Olympic Program of the Year, Twin City Twisters, Champlin, Minn.; Sports Person of the Year – Hurd and Thomas; Athlete of the Year –Biles; and Coach of the Year – Laurent Landi of World Champions Centre.

Each day of competition counted equally, and final rankings were based on a two-day total. Performances at the U.S. Championships are also part of the selection process for the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. The U.S. Championships is part of the Team USA Champions Series

Scores for the top three all-around gymnasts
Event scores listed below are for Sunday night only.
Seniors

  • Simone Biles: all-around, 118.500 (58.650/59.850) (1); vault, 15.300* (1); uneven bars, 14.750; balance beam, 14.700; floor exercise, 15.100. NOTE: Biles performed two vaults as part of the vault competition, 15.400 average (15.300/15.500), and 15.450 average (15.300/15.500), 30.850, first.
  • Sunisa Lee: all-around, 113.550 (56.900/56.650) (2); vault, 13.750; uneven bars, 15.050; balance beam, 13.850; floor exercise, 14.000.
  • Grace McCallum: all-around, 111.850 (54.900/56.950) (3); vault, 14.550; uneven bars, 13.950; balance beam, 14.450; floor exercise, 14.000.

Juniors

  • Kayla DiCello: all-around, 112.700 (56.000/56.700) (1); vault, 14.800; uneven bars, 14.000; balance beam, 13.800; floor exercise, 14.100 (1).
  • Konnor McClain: all-around, 112.600 (56.500/56.100) (2); vault, 14.600; uneven bars, 14.100; balance beam, 14.200 (1); floor exercise, 13.200.
  • Olivia Greaves: all-around, 110.850 (55.700/55.150) (3); vault, 14.400; uneven bars, 14.500 (1); balance beam, 12.950; floor exercise, 13.300.

USA Gymnastics partnered with the Kansas City Sports Commission for the 2019 event, with support from Visit KC and Sprint Center. This was the first time the event has been in Kansas City since 1987.

The Team USA Champions Series showcases numerous Olympic sports throughout the season, highlighting the year-round quest of Team USA athletes to compete at the Olympic Games.

Sprint Center played host to both the 2012 and 2016 Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions. Kansas City has also staged other gymnastics events, including the final selection event for trampoline for the 2008 Olympic Games.

The roster of former U.S. all-around champions is a veritable who's who of gymnastics, including: women – Jordyn Wieber, Nastia Liukin, Shawn Johnson, Carly Patterson, Courtney Kupets, Shannon Miller, Dominique Dawes, Kim Zmeskal and Mary Lou Retton; and men – Jonathan Horton, Paul Hamm, Blaine Wilson, John Roethlisberger, Mitch Gaylord, Peter Vidmar and Bart Conner. The U.S. Gymnastics Championships traces its history back to 1897 for the men and 1931 for the women.

Additionally, the USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show was held at the Kansas City Convention Center in conjunction with the championships. The annual USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show provides a valuable opportunity for gymnastics professional around the country to attend educational presentations, as well as a number of live demonstrations, on a variety of topics, including coaching, judging, business, preschool, school-age/recreational, sports science, fitness and safe sport and more. Attendees also receive admittance to the trade show hall where they can visit vendor booths that provide specific goods and services to the gymnastics community.

Background information

  • Sprint Center. Sprint Center is Kansas City’s home for live entertainment and sporting events. Anchor to more than $6 billion of reinvestment in a revitalized downtown Kansas City, the award-winning venue has welcomed more than 11 million guests and generated more than $1.01 billion in economic activity since opening in 2007. Having exceeded attendance and financial projections in each year of operation, Sprint Center annually hosts more than 100 ticketed events and is a unique public/private partnership between AEG and the City of Kansas City, Mo.
  • Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation. The mission of the Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation is to drive Kansas City’s overall sports strategy, to enrich the quality of life, create economic impact and raise visibility for our region, with the vision of making a better Kansas City through Sports. For the latest on Kansas City Sports Commission news, follow on Twitter, Facebook Instagram and YouTube. Also, follow the Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. www.sportkc.org.
  • Visit KC. Visit KC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ignite global passion for visiting Kansas City. Through marketing, sales and service of the convention and tourism industries, Visit KC supports a vital and growing component of the local economy—generating nearly 48,000 jobs and $5.5 billion in economic impact annually. For more information about Kansas City, go to VisitKC.com.
  • USA Gymnastics. Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. The organization is committed to creating a culture that encourages and supports its athletes and focuses on its highest priority, the safety and well-being of the athletes. USA Gymnastics has taken specific, concrete steps to strengthen its athlete safety policies and procedures, including adopting the updated USA Gymnastics Safe Sport Policy. Former gymnast and business executive Li Li Leung is the new president and chief executive officer of USA Gymnastics. The organization’s disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics and gymnastics for all (formerly known as group gymnastics). For more complete information, visit usagym.org.