World, Olympic champ Biles to compete in Germany in March
World and Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles will make her 2019 debut at a World Cup meet in Germany in March.
Biles hasn't competed since the 2018 world championships in Doha, Qatar, where she won five medals, including four golds. That pushed her overall world championship medal total to 20, tied for the most ever by a female gymnast. The 21-year-old headlines the field for the meet in Stuttgart on March 16-17.
Serena voted AP Female Athlete of the Year for 5th time
She showed up in Paris wearing a black catsuit, a reminder that nobody can command the Grand Slam stage quite like Serena Williams.
She reached the finals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, proving again how well she can play no matter how little she practices.
Williams didn't win those or any other tournaments, which in every other situation might have made for a forgettable year.
Raising the roof on 2020 Tokyo Olympics gymnastics venue
TOKYO (AP) — Attention Simone Biles: They're building a venue in Tokyo where you can add to the four Olympic gold medals you won in Rio de Janeiro.
The 2020 Olympic gymnastics venue is halfway completed and should be finished by this time next year.
On Wednesday, engineers raised a massive timber roof section, one of five curved sections that will top out the 20.5 billion yen ($180 million) building, which designers describe as being shaped like a wooden bowl.
Biles wraps up remarkable worlds with 4th gold medal
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Simone Biles returned to training last November wondering if she could ever return to the form that made her an Olympic champion.
She doesn't wonder anymore. Neither does anyone else.
Biles sets record by picking up 13th world championship gold
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Simone Biles made history by picking up her record 13th career gold medal at the world gymnastics championships when she cruised to victory in the vault final on Friday.
Yet it's the silver she captured on uneven bars that the Olympic and world champion may cherish more.
For years Biles viewed bars with a mixture of skepticism and scorn. There was a point in time she admits she would have been OK with taking a "chainsaw" to every bars set in the country.
Biles, not at exquisite best, wins 4th all-around at worlds
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Simone Biles attempted to smile but her eyes betrayed her. She was angry, paying little attention to the gold medal around her neck, the one that made history.
Yes, winning never gets old. It's just not why she does this.
Still golden: Biles, Americans roll at world championships
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Relaxed, relieved and with the gold medal the U.S. women's gymnastics team flew halfway across the globe for secured, Morgan Hurd needed a break. So the 17-year-old hopped on the back of Simone Biles and went for a brief ride, the two teammates laughing all the way.
While the scene lent itself to an easy metaphor, that's not the reality.
Heavy mettle: Young US team eyes gold at world championships
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Tom Forster remembers the old days, when the American women's gymnastics program would head to international events and come home with little more than a good story to tell while watching Russia and Romania make trip after trip to the medal stand.
Biles fights through kidney stone at world championships
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Simone Biles spent a portion of the night before her return to world championships in the emergency room. The sensation she chalked up to the usual pre-meet stress evolved into searing agony that at times left her crawling on the floor.
When a CT scan revealed a kidney stone — one she nicknamed "the Doha Pearl" — the reigning Olympic gymnastics champion grabbed her stuff and discharged herself from the hospital, telling the staff she'll deal with the pain later.
Simone Says: Biles ready to soar at World Championships
Simone Biles wants to get this out of the way first. She didn't return to gymnastics to appease anyone. Not her sponsors. Not her family. And not the organization she represents.
This "comeback" — a word the Olympic champion isn't really a fan of — is about curiosity and self-respect. To see how far she can go. What boundaries she can push. How good she really is. That's all.
Biles bothered by new USA Gymnastics CEO’s anti-Nike tweet
Olympic champion Simone Biles is upset about an anti-Nike tweet from USA Gymnastics interim president and CEO Mary Bono.
Bono was appointed Friday to hold the position while USA Gymnastics searches for a permanent successor to Kerry Perry, who resigned under pressure from the United States Olympic Committee in September after spending nine months on the job.
Olympic star Biles leads Team USA at world championships
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles is ready to take on the world again.
The four-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time world all-around champion headlines the six-woman group Team USA will send to the 2018 world championship in Doha, Qatar later this month.
McCusker close to Biles in bars, and that will have to do
BOSTON (AP) — Riley McCusker came within one-tenth of a point on the uneven bars of preventing a Simone Biles sweep at the U.S. gymnastics championships.
With the Olympic champion turning in another dominant performance, that will have to do.
"Second to Simone is kind of like being first," McCusker said after taking silver in the bars and third overall Sunday night at nationals. "Simone's amazing, and she's in another league, almost."
Biles dresses “for the survivors” while winning 5th US title
BOSTON (AP) — The color choice wasn't a coincidence. It was a statement. One Simone Biles felt compelled to make even as the organization she competes for struggles to find a compassionate and compelling message to sexual abuse survivors.
USA Gymnastics president: mediation with Nassar survivors
BOSTON (AP) — The legal portion of the Larry Nassar scandal at USA Gymnastics may soon be over.
USA Gymnastics President Kerry Perry said representatives for both the organization and athletes who were abused by Nassar — a former national team doctor who abused hundreds of women under the guise of medical treatment — met last week. Perry called the mediation talks "not only productive but continuing to move us down the path of resolution."
Reigning world champ Hurd best of the rest at US gymnastics
BOSTON (AP) — Reigning world champion Morgan Hurd manages to be impressed by Simone Biles without being intimidated by the gap between the Olympic gold medalist and the rest of the women at the U.S. gymnastics championships.
Biles electrifies on 1st day of US gymnastics championships
BOSTON (AP) — Simone Biles didn't come back after a two-year break from gymnastics to just win. That's not really what it's about for the Olympic champion. She's won enough — more than enough really — during her career. And she's got the medals to prove it.
Amid turmoil, USA Gymnastics takes small steps forward
BOSTON (AP) — The pep talk was short and to the point, a reminder to reigning world gymnastics champion Morgan Hurd that all was not lost.
Progress slow for USA Gymnastics in wake of Nassar scandal
BOSTON (AP) — Simone Biles is not here to save gymnastics. Or at least USA Gymnastics.
The reigning Olympic champion understands how bumpy of a ride it has been for her sport's national governing body since she stepped off the podium in Rio de Janeiro two years ago, a fourth Olympic gold medal around her neck and the world at her feet.
‘Old man’ Mikulak (he’s 25) back for 5th US gymnastics title
BOSTON (AP) — If Sam Mikulak didn't already get the message from the twinge in his back during a dismount last week, he could certainly figure it out from looking around the field at the U.S. gymnastics championships.
"I definitely feel like I'm getting older," the four-time American champion said after practice at the new Boston Garden on Wednesday.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The jitters were obvious and unmistakable. A step out of bounds on floor exercise. A hop back on vault. An uncharacteristic slip off the uneven bars.
Simone Biles needed them. Maybe deep down, the Olympic gymnastics champion wanted them too, if only to help her figure out whether she was truly mentally ready to return to the sport she's dominated for a half-decade.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Simone Biles wasn't bragging. That's never really been her thing. Her tone was confident but not cocky. Sincere without the swagger.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Simone Biles is ready to let the world in on her comeback.
The reigning Olympic champion gymnast will return to competition for the first time since winning four gold medals in the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro when she competes in the U.S. Classic in Columbus, Ohio, on July 28.
Biles took time off after earning a record-tying five medals overall in Brazil, but returned to training last fall with new coach Laurent Landi.
South Dakota gymnast strives to be elite athlete
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — With a spring floor beneath her feet, Danielle Sievers calculates her next run before performing a set that only one gymnast before has ever successfully landed in competition.
A double flip with a half twist. Better known as "The Biles."
Named after 2016 Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles, the skill is officially known as a double layout with a half twist, and it's a difficult one to master.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The former president of USA Gymnastics refused to answer questions Tuesday from a Senate subcommittee about how he handled allegations of sexual abuse by former team doctor Larry Nassar, and another former executive sat next to him and asserted that her former boss instructed her and others to keep quiet about athletes' claims.
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Mihai Brestyan was shocked and angry when he discovered one his star athletes was among the victims in a sexual abuse scandal that plunged USA Gymnastics into crisis.
Brestyan, a long-time coach of six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman, is preparing Australia's women's team for the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, where he spoke about the scandal.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Simone Biles is back on the U.S. women's gymnastics team.
The Athlete Selection Committee at USA Gymnastics named Biles to the senior national team Thursday after reviewing training video of the reigning Olympic champion and five-time Olympic medalist.
Rhonda Faehn, senior vice president for women's gymnastics, said the selection committee was "very encouraged" by the video submitted by Biles.
Simone Biles says she wishes Larry Nassar got ‘like 3,000 years’ in prison
Olympic gymnast Simone Biles praised the "hero" judge who presided over Larry Nassar's recent criminal sentencing for sexual abuse -- but she did have one complaint.
"I wish she would have just given him like a crazy number, like 3,000 years or something. But other than that, she was a boss and she was absolutely amazing," Biles said of Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, who sentenced Nassar last week to 40 to 175 years in prison.
Five-time Olympic medalist Simone Biles says she still has a hard time trusting people after being sexually abused by Larry Nassar, the former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor.
Biles appeared on NBC News' "Megyn Kelly TODAY" on Wednesday where she opened up about going back to school, a Lifetime movie about her that will air Saturday, and the abuse by Nassar.
Simone Biles: Waiting to hear from USOC about sexual abuse
NEW YORK (AP) — Simone Biles met the new president of USA Gymnastics but hasn't heard from the U.S. Olympic Committee regarding the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal.
The four-time gold medalist at the Rio Olympics is among those who say they were sexually abused by Nassar, a former team doctor for the governing body for American gymnastics.
USA Gymnastics president Kerry Perry spoke with Biles at her gym in suburban Houston, where she is training for the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Sports impacted by sexual abuse cases
The fallout continues from disgraced doctor Larry Nassar's molestation of young athletes within USA Gymnastics, including the resignation of the governing body's entire board of directors. Several sports have been impacted by sexual misconduct and abuse cases involving authority figures and children in the past decade. Among them:
Facing an ultimatum from the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics said Friday its entire board of directors will resign over the sexual abuse scandal involving Dr. Larry Nassar, convicted of molesting female athletes, some as young as 6.
USA Gymnastics, in the wake of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal and comments this week by four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles, said Thursday it has ended its lease to hold training camps for its women’s national team at the Karolyi Ranch.
The U.S. national team had held regular training camps at the Karolyi Ranch since 2000, in the process building the most dominant team in women’s gymnastics, winners of the last two Olympic gold medals.
USA Gymnastics ends agreement to train at Karolyi Ranch
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The long relationship between USA Gymnastics and the Karolyi Ranch is over.
The organization announced Thursday it has terminated its agreement to have the ranch outside of Huntsville, Texas, serve as the National Training Center for the women's elite program. The decision came three days after Olympic champion Simone Biles expressed dismay at having to attend camps there, where Biles says she was sexually abused by a former national team doctor.
The Latest: USA Gymnastics severs ties with Karolyi Ranch
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of former sports doctor who sexually assaulted athletes (all times local):
USA Gymnastics is ending its long relationship with the Karolyi Ranch.
On the eve of former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar’s sentencing for sexually abusing girls in his care, American gymnast Simone Biles has come forward to say me, too.
“I, too, am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar,” the Olympian said Monday afternoon in a Twitter post with the hashtag #MeToo.
“There are many reasons that I have been reluctant to share my story, but I know now that it is not my fault.”
Olympic champ Simone Biles says she was abused by doctor
Simone Biles watched as her friends and former Olympic teammates came forward to detail abuse at the hands of a now-imprisoned former USA Gymnastics team doctor.
Drawing in part from their strength, the four-time gold medalist acknowledged Monday she is among the athletes who were sexually abused by Larry Nassar.
Another Olympic gymnastic champion has said that she too was sexually assaulted by former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.
Five-time Olympic medalist Simone Biles posted a statement Monday on Twitter that she has been feeling broken but is no longer afraid to come forward.
Olympic champion Simone Biles returns to gym with new coach
Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles is ready to get serious about her comeback.
Biles, who won four gold medals and five total during the 2016 Summer Olympics, has hired Laurent Landi as her coach as she plans a return to competition.
Olympian Simone Biles to speak at Ohio Boys & Girls Club
CINCINNATI (AP) — Olympic gymnast Simone Biles will visit Ohio next month for a Boys & Girls Club fundraiser.
Biles is scheduled to speak at the Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty's annual "Steak and Burger" fundraiser Nov. 9. Proceeds from the fundraiser help pay for club operations.
Biles, a Boys & Girls Club alumna, became the most decorated U.S. Olympic gymnast at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after winning five medals, including four golds and a bronze.
Smith leads US women’s gymnastics world championship team
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — National champion Ragan Smith and Olympic alternate Ashton Locklear will lead the U.S. women's gymnastics team to the world championships in Montreal next month.
Jade Carey and Morgan Hurd also will compete for the four-woman U.S. team when the event begins on Oct. 4. Jordan Chiles, who finished runner-up to Smith at the national championships in August, will serve as the alternate.
Olympic champ Simone Biles back in gym as she weighs options
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Simone Biles is back in the gym. That's it. That's all.
The Olympic gymnastics champion is in no hurry to declare whether this is the start of a comeback following a year off after her historic performance at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. And she'd be just fine if everyone else took the same approach.
Asked Saturday why she started doing semi-formal workouts earlier this month, Biles shrugged her shoulders.
Ragan Smith vaults to lead at US gymnastics championships
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ragan Smith admits it's a little weird to look at the scoreboard during a gymnastics meet and not see Simone Biles' name at the top.
"Nobody can beat Simone," Smith said of the Olympic champion. "She's unstoppable. She's amazing."
Smith, Locklear lead wave of new faces at US championships
ANAHEIM, California (AP) — Technically, Ragan Smith never stepped foot on the floor as a competitor at the 2016 Summer Olympics as the star-studded U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team beat a steady and relentless path to the podium on its way to medal after medal after medal.
Not that it mattered to Smith. Technically the 17-year-old was a "replacement athlete," a fancy description for "alternate." Funny, she didn't feel like one as she trained up to and through the games just in case.
Smith, Locklear lead wave of new faces at US championships
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Technically, Ragan Smith never stepped foot on the floor as a competitor at the 2016 Summer Olympics as the star-studded U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team beat a steady and relentless path to the podium on its way to medal after medal after medal.
Not that it mattered to Smith. Technically the 17-year-old was a "replacement athlete," a fancy word for "alternate." Funny, she didn't feel like one as she trained up to and through the games just in case.
Olympic gymnast Simone Biles is giving fans a glimpse of her goofy side in a video that shows her coming out of an anesthetic haze after surgery to have her wisdom teeth removed.
Biles posted the video on Twitter on Thursday. She appears on a recovery room bed with gauze in her mouth, yelling something incomprehensible and pretending to drive a car. Biles says she hopes the 27-second clip makes people laugh.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Russell Westbrook won best male athlete at The ESPYS, while Olympic gymnast Simone Biles earned best female athlete honors Wednesday night.
The 25th annual show honoring the past year's top athletes and sports moments was hosted by Peyton Manning, who humorously mocked his reputation as a control freak and an overexposed commercial pitchman in the retired NFL quarterback's opening monologue.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Multiple stars from last summer's Rio Olympics highlight this year's nominees for best male and female athletes for The ESPYS.
Swimmer Michael Phelps, who won five gold medals in Rio, joins National League MVP Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook as the four nominees for best male athlete.