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Smith On Winning U.S. Title: 'I Did My Thing'
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Newly crowned U.S. women's national all-around champion Ragan Smith told IG that focus and confidence steered her to victory at the P&G (U.S.) Championships that concluded Sunday in Anaheim.

Newly crowned U.S. women's national all-around champion Ragan Smith (Texas Dreams) told IG that focus and confidence steered her to victory at the P&G (U.S.) Championships that concluded Sunday in Anaheim.

Smith's two-day total score of 115.250 points earned her the gold medal ahead of silver medalist Jordan Chiles of Naydenov Gymnastics (111.850) and bronze medalist Riley McCusker of MG Elite (111.650). Smith also won the balance beam and floor exercise titles and tied for the bronze medal on uneven bars.

"It hasn't really sunk in yet," said Smith, coached by former world champion Kim Zmeskal-Burdette and Chris Burdette. "It just feels amazing to be the P&G national champion. Mistakes can happen, so I just stayed focused and I did my thing as I've been doing in practice."

Smith, a reserve on the gold medal-winning U.S. team at last summer's Rio Olympic Games, said winning in Anaheim is solid step on her way to the 2017 World Championships in Montreal this fall.

"My motivation this year is worlds, so everything I'm training for is worlds," she told IG. "My head is towards worlds. I think about that quite a bit, so I'm just excited."

Read in-depth coverage of the P&G Championships in the September issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions, click here.

External Link: Senior Women's All-Around Results | Apparatus

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