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Simone Biles Emerges Victorious over Suni Lee and Gabby Douglas at Gymnastics Classic

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Simone Biles is a champion — again! Just over seven months after becoming the most decorated gymnast of all time, the 27-year-old Texan took home another title on Saturday, May 18, at the 2024 Core Hydration Gymnastics Classic in Hartford, Connecticut. She racked up an impressive all-around score of 59.500, topping the score she earned at last year’s classic (59.1).

Biles dominated the event, which also saw a return to the competition for Suni Lee and Gabby Douglas — marking the first time that three former Olympic all-around gold medalists competed at the same event, according to NBC Sports.

Tokyo Olympics floor exercise gold medalist Jade Carey and team silver medalist Jordan Chiles also competed, as well as Shilese Jones, Skye Blakely, Kayla DiCello, Joscelyn Roberson, Leanne Wong, and Lexi Zeiss.

According to USA Today, Biles’ scores for each event never dipped below 14.55. She posted her highest scores for the vault and floor events, scoring a 15.600 with her self-named Biles II move on the vault. For the first time since the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, she also completed a triple-twisting double salto on the floor.

“I was just happy to be back out there, get through those nerves again, feel that adrenaline,” she told NBC Sports. “I can’t really complain how the first meet back was.”

Jones, 21, solidified her status as a gymnast-to-watch at Saturday’s event, coming solidly in second place overall, less than two points shy of Biles’ score with a 57.650. She even surpassed Biles on the uneven bars with a score of 15.250.

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Douglas, 28, had a difficult night. After competing in just one event — the uneven bars, where she fell twice, and finished with a score of 10.1 — she sat down for a few minutes and then left the floor. She later withdrew from the competition with no reason given.

This meet marked one of Douglas’ first returns to major competition after eight years. Before her appearance at the 2024 American Classic last month, she last competed in 2016, where she won gold at the Rio Olympics.

Lee, meanwhile, completed three events — vault, beam, and floor. The 2020 Olympic all-around champion took home the highest score on beam and finished with a 40.75 total score, qualifying her for the all-around at nationals.

For the 21-year-old Lee, her participation comes more than a year after being diagnosed with two different types of kidney diseases.

According to USA Gymnastics, 2020 Olympians Chiles — who roused fans with her performance on the uneven bars — came in third place all-around with a 55.450. Carey came in fourth with a 54.400, and Blakely, 19, finished just shy of her with a 54.350.

The event also saw some injured athletes — 2022 U.S. all-around champion Konnor McClain withdrew from the meet after injuring her Achilles as she was warming up for the floor.

The classic is one of the last lead-up meets before the U.S. team is selected. One of the next meets, the 2024 Xfinity U.S. Gymnastics Championships, is set to take place May 30-June 2 in Fort Worth, Texas. At the competition’s conclusion, the USA Gymnastics national teams will be named, and those athletes will advance to compete at the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Gymnastics later in June in Minneapolis.

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Sophia Bush denies engagement rumors with Ashlyn Harris following public display of affection in photos.

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Sophia Bush has firmly put an end to the engagement rumors that surfaced after she and girlfriend Ashlyn Harris were seen getting cozy in photos during their trip to Paris. The actress, known for her role in “One Tree Hill,” took to her Instagram Story to address the speculation that their relationship had taken a serious turn.

Fans began speculating about a possible engagement when photos of Bush and Harris posing in front of the Eiffel Tower surfaced, with Bush appearing to hide her left hand inside Harris’ jacket. However, Bush quickly quashed the rumors by posting a selfie where she displayed her bare ring finger and captioned it with, “I hear the internet is being wild?” She jokingly explained the handsy moment by saying, “Wouldn’t you put your hands all up in her jacket if you could?? To be clear, you can’t because boundaries. But I’ll continue to do it for you because I’m just generous like that.”

The actress emphasized that she was just enjoying her time with Harris and shared her happiness with her followers. She reposted one of the photos from Paris, expressing her desire to squeeze her girlfriend and reflecting on how fortunate she feels to be in a happy and fulfilling relationship. This isn’t the first time Bush has openly spoken about her love for Harris, as she previously shared her feelings in an essay for Glamour where she talked about unexpectedly finding love after her divorce from Grant Hughes.

Bush’s relationship with Harris has been public for some time now, with the couple making their red carpet debut at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in coordinating black outfits from Harbison. Harris, a retired soccer player from the USWNT, has been going through a divorce of her own from fellow soccer player Ali Krieger. Despite the public scrutiny and accusations of infidelity that have surrounded their relationship, Bush and Harris have stood strong and continued to showcase their love for each other.

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Recent reports revealed that Krieger secretly filed for divorce from Harris three months after Harris had initiated the process, citing “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the split. The former couple shares two children, a 3-year-old daughter named Sloane and a 1-year-old son named Ocean, whom they welcomed through adoption.

Sophia Bush’s response to the engagement rumors showcases her sense of humor and her commitment to sharing her happiness with her fans. As she and Ashlyn Harris continue to navigate their relationship in the public eye, they remain focused on their love and support for each other. The couple’s journey is a testament to the strength of their bond and their ability to rise above challenges together.

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