Though she beat silver medalist Riley McCusker by more than a point, Biles certainly wasn’t faultless. She bounded out of bounds on her opening pass on floor, on the double twisting double layout she was competing for the first time. On vault, she couldn’t contain her power and took a massive step back on her landing. And in the third rotation, on the other event where she’s made significant upgrades in difficulty, she fell off the bars. After that botched routine, Biles slipped into second place behind McCusker by about four tenths of a point.

Not that anyone was truly worried that Biles would lose her first all-around competition in five years. She has found herself in second place before, but only momentarily. Back during the all-around at the Olympics, she actually headed into the third event, the balance beam, a sliver of a point behind Russia’s Aliya Mustafina. We all know how that ended.


From bars, Biles went to beam, where she had struggled in the training sessions leading up to the competition. Then, because she is Simone Biles, she posted the highest beam score in the world this year.


That beam score is not the only “best in the world this year” mark that Biles posted in return to competition. She won the all-around with a 58.7, which is the highest all-around score recorded at any competition in the world this year by a point. It is also the highest all-around mark of the new quad by .234. Her all-around score in Columbus would’ve been even higher had it not been for that uncharacteristic fall and other mistakes.

It is safe to say that Biles is not only back, but assured to be dominant once again.