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GK US Classic Live Blog: Senior Session AKA the Return of Simone Biles

Time for the senior session of the GK US Classic.

This is super exciting because tonight, we will see the return of the one and only Simone Biles. Really, this should just be the "Simone Classic" because, Simone.

She's competing with a new crop of senior athletes that include defending world champion, Morgan Hurd, Jade Carey and Riley McCusker among others.

Follow along with the Simone party and refresh the page every 5-10 minutes or so (I promise,  this won't ALL be about Simone).

I have to add before we begin, I am also hoping to see sightings of Simone's hottie boyfriend, former Michigan gymnast, Stacey Ervin. They are the gymnastics power couple of the century.

Shots from the arena pre competition are floating on Twitter. Here is Simone and her teammate in her Catching Fire leo.

Warm ups underway now, looks like Simone is starting on floor with Jade Carey. Ragan Smith is on bars, Morgan Hurd is on beam. Riley McCusker and Alyona Shchennikova are starting on vault.

Jade Carey FX -  DLO 1/1, just to the edge, slighly OOB , huge DLO,  sw + sw 1/2  tuck double double,  double L turn,  tour jete 1/1,  fro tuck + dbl back, 13.9

Jordan Chiles VT -  vautl 1 - DTY , very clean, hop on the landing, VT 2 Tsuk 2/1 lots of power and height, hop on landing 14.5

Ragan Smith UB -  CKHS, in var + toe fill + toe 1/2 + jager  downie,  + ricna, falls,  pak, a bit archy, toe shoot to HB<  full in, nice, kept her toes pointed through out 13.3

SIMONE!!!!! FX -  Moors, OOB,  huge power and excellent form,  front full + tuck full in,  sw tour jete 1/1, excellent splits, so much power, the BIles + stage leap,  2/1 wolf , sw 1/2,  double double 14.75

Riley McCusker VT -  DTY, clean landing, good height and clean form. small hop 14.35

Madelyn Williams FX -  dbl arabian smal step foward,  sw ring + tour jete 1/2,  1 1/2 + front full, almost steps out but stays in,  wolf turn 2/1,  nice flexibility,  dbl pike, chest a bit down on landing, I guess she went OOB.

NBC/ The Olympic Channel with obligatory footage of the new team coordinator, Tom Forester.

Morgan Hurd BB -  tuck full, solid,  sdie aerial,  sw BH S+ LOSO, solid,  fro aerial + spl jump, + straddle jump,  slides off on front tuck,  her foot just came off it looks to me,  sw ring  round off + dbl pike,  small hop.

Kara Eaker FX - Triple full, beautiful,  tour jete 1/2,  dbl pike, low landing and puts her hands down.

Time for rotation 2

Standings after 1 rotation:
1. Simone Biles, World Champions Centre- 14.75
2. Jordan Chiles, Naydenov- 14.5
3. Sloane Blakely, WOGA- 14.4
4. Riley McCusker, MG Elite- 14.35
5T. Alyona Shchennikova, 5280- 13.9
5T. Jade Carey, AZ Sunrays- 13.9
7. Shania Adams, Buckeye- 13.75

Nastia is fan-girling over Simone on the Olympic Channel.

Simone VT -   Cheng, huge height and power, big bounce on landing, but clean in the air. 15.4

Emma Malabuyo BB - side split mount,  wolf turn 2/1,  BHS + LOSO + LOSO,  slips on a front tuck straddle jump + Korbut flip,  arabian, chest down, seems to be doubting herself after that fall, front aerial + spl ring jump, round off + dbl pike dismount.

Williams VT - FTY

Alyona Shchennikova UB -  glide KCHS,  in bar 1/1 + shap + tkatchev,  ricna + chow 1/2,  stadler 1/2, lands her front dbl 1/2. 14.9

Smith BB - side split mount,  wofl turn 2/1,  BHS + 2 ft lay,  tuck full, balance check,  front tuck, solid,  straddle 3/4,  front aerial + spl jump,  BHS + BHS + dbl pike, stuck.  14.5

MCCusker UB -  toe full + shap + tkatcehv,  ricna + pak + chow 1/2,  stadler  giant 1/2 - reverse dbl arabian dismount. 15

Carey VT -  DTY, small hop back,  lots of power, great form, VT 2 - Cheng small hop on the landing, very clean, 14.65

Chiles UB -  toe full + shap + bail, toe shoot ot HB<   giant 1/2 + pike jaeger, falls, in bar gienger,  solid landing on dismount.

Looks like Deanne Soza had a fall on beam.  It's contagious. 11.6

Hurd FX -  dbl dbl lay out,  bit piked in air, clean DLO, solid landing,  tour jete 1/2, camera cut close to her,  front lay + fron 2/1,  sw ring,  spl ring,  spl ring full,  dlb pike, chest a bit down, but good comeback from the beam- tastrophe 13.85

Somehow the discussion with Forrester about Simone turned into a discussion of LeBron James. Ok.

Rotation 3 -

Shchennikova -  wolf turn 3/1 + 2/1 wolf,  BHS + LOSO + LOSO,  fro aerial  small balance check, spl jump,  onodi, small balance check,  side aerial, sw leap,  side somi, lovely so far,  bhs + bhs + dbl back, chest a bit down, solid routine.

Shots of her with her parents. She looks like her mom and Polina looks like their dad with Mom's blond hair.

McCuskter BB -  wolf turn 3/1 + wolf  2/1 solid,  fro aerial + spl jump + back tuck,  BHS + LOSO + LOSO, back foot was off on her 2nd lay out but she kept it together,  sw + sw 1/2, slight lean to the left,  spl + sdie areail, nice extension, spl jump 3/4,  bhs + bhs + dbl tuck, step back. awesome routine. She's looking fierce. 14.55

Hurd VT -  big DTY, bit too much power,  big step back. 14.4

Olivia Hollingsworth UB  - full in dismount, small step back.

Chiles BB - (replay of the Wolf-kino on the Olympics Channel)  chest stand mount,  3/1 wolf, no wolf kino today, BHS + LOSO, steps out of it, fr ont aerial + spl + straddle jump,  side aerial + sw + spl, small bal check,  side somi, solid,  korbut flip, nice,  round off dbl pike, over rotates and takes several steps 12/25

Luisa Blanco VT - DTY, small step on landing.

Jade Carey UB -  KCHS, clear hip, short on HS, falls on Ray,  giant 1/2 + straddle bak 1/2 + shap + pak,  toe shoot to HB,  giant 1/1 + full in. 11.3

Simone UB -  KCHS shap  + tkatchev, toe full, off the bar,  pike tkat chev + pak, catches shap 1/2, tuck dbl dbl dismount, small hop. 13.35

On to rotation  4

Rotation 3 Standings

1. Riley McCusker 43.900
2. Simone Biles 43.500
3. Alyona Shchennikova 42.200
4. Morgan Hurd 41.650
5. Shilese Jones 41.050
6. Sloane Blakely 40.600
7. Jordan Chiles 40.150
8. Jade Carey 39.850

McCusker is beating Simone! That's an interesting development.

MCCusker FX -  DLO, lands a bit short, chest down,  tswe 1/2,  dlb pikke, solid,  wolf turn 2/1,  2 1/2 + front tuck, lands tiny bit short, tour jete 1/2,  dbl tuck, great routine for her. 13/6

Hollingsworth may have  had a  fall on beam, spl + sw 1/2 + back pike,  spl 3/4, solid,  straddle 3/4,  spl  + straddle jump,  1/1 turn. round off 3/1 tiwst

CHiles FX - 1 1/2 step out to dbl arabian,  OOB,  big DLO, L hop 1/1 + tour jete 1/1, full in chest a bit down,  sw 1/2,  wolf turn 3/1,  clean dbl pike to end

Malabuyo VT  -  DTY, small step back on landing.

Smith VT -  DTY, chest a bit down, step to the side.

Eaker BB -  sw  spl mt + spl ring mount,  memmel tunr 1/1,  front aerial +  ring jump + bhs,  side aerial + BHS + LOSO + LOSO, side somi, lovely,  sw ring + BHS,  sw 1/2 + korbut flip,  sw leap, slides off the beam,  miss her foot, sw + sw side,  bhs + bhs 2 1/2, solid other than the fall.

Hurd UB -  in bar shp + stadler + tkatchev,   ricna + pak,  toe shoot to hb,  in bar 1/2 in bar 1/1, full in, bit short on her last HS.14.7

HAHA, Chris Burdette is texting on the sidelines.

Carey BB - front roll Mount,  wolf turn 2/1, leans back a bit,  spl + side aerial, solid,  spl 3/4,  BHS + LOSO + lay 2 ft sligth wobble,  sw  + sw 1/2,  + back tuck,  frotn aerial, wobble, straddle jump,  pulls a Chiles on her round off -dbl pike dismount, over rotates and takes several steps back.

Simone BB -  squat through mount,  wolf turn 3/1, it's easy fo rher, spl + pike jump,  barani, no problem, lands perfectly,  BHS + LOSO + LOSO,  sw + sw 1/2, back tuck,  front pike,  solid,  front aerial + spl jump,  full in dismount,  small hop. BAM! Just Simone doing Simone things. 15.2 BAM

Grace McCallum BB - candlestick mount, wolf turn, 3/1,  + 2/1 wolf,  straddle 3/4,  side aerial + LOSO, fro tuck,  sw + fron aerial, foot slides off,  full turn, round off + dbl back.

Final Standings:

1. Simone Biles, WCC - 58.7
2. Riley McCusker, MG Elite - 57.5
3. Morgan Hurd, First State - 56.35
4. Shilese Jones, Future - 54.9
5. Alyona Shchennikova, 5280 - 53.9

So Simone just casually won 3 of 4 event titles plus the AA, NBD!


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