The top female and male gymnasts from around the United States descended on Fort Worth, Texas last weekend for a high stakes U.S. Championships, with both national team and Olympic Trials spots on the line.
While some things went as expected (see: Simone Biles making more history ) much of the excitement stemmed from new faces making their case for Tokyo.
On the women's side, Biles predictably cruised to her seventh all-around national title, a record in women's gymnastics. Although she didn't perform her new Yurchenko double pike vault as she did at the U.S. Classic two weeks ago, each one of her events featured must-see moves.
2019 World Gymnastics Championships medalist Sunisa Lee prevailed in a tight race for second place, posting a stellar uneven bars routine on day one. The meet was extra special for Lee, whose father John -- who was paralyzed days before the 2019 national championship -- was watching from the stands.
Jordan Chiles, Biles' teammate at the World Champions Centre, continued her breakout year with a third-place finish. Chiles won the Winter Cup in February and took second to Biles at the U.S. Classic, and is now a clear frontrunner for the Tokyo team.
The men's side saw a changing of the guard as Stanford standout Brody Malone won the all-around title in his first senior national championships. Malone, a two-time NCAA all-around champion, fell off the parallel bars in his first event of the meet, but never looked back. He finished with a 2.75-point margin of victory over 2017 U.S. champion Yul Moldauer.
Six-time all-around national champion Sam Mikulak, who hadn't competed in 14 months, also got off to a rocky start. He fell once each night, but closed out the weekend with an outstanding high bar routine that propelled him into third place overall. Mikulak has said he plans to retire after the Olympics, making this his final national championships.