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Biles, Wong Lead The Field At USAs In Boston
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Simone Biles took the early lead at the U.S. Championships in Boston, August 16-19.

Biles, who is coached by Laurent and Cecile Landi at World Champions Center, led the scoring on all four events but had two .30 deductions on floor exercise. On her third pass she performed the Biles (double layout-half) but her stag jump landed out of bounds. Her dismount, a tucked double-double, also landed out of bounds. Her mount was a double-twisting double layout and her second pass was a layout front-full through to a tucked full-in, which she made look easy.

Biles received a good luck from her former coach, Aimee Boorman.

"I feel like I enjoyed championships a lot more than classics," Biles said. "Because I felt at classics I was easing back into everything and feeling the surroundings and getting used to competing again…I thought I would be completely drained (after day one), but I think I'll be OK for day two."

Second to Biles, Morgan Hurd (First State Gymnastics) also went four for four.

"I'd like to clean up landings and piking on vault, but otherwise I'm really happy with my performance," Hurd said. "I'm most proud of how calm I was the entire meet. The nerves are there but the nerves are what keep you going."

Riley McCusker finished third and hit all four events. On floor exercise she opened with a clean double layout and displayed beautiful dance, which is a trademark for many of Maggie Haney’s gymnasts at MG Elite.

"I did try ballet when I was little for about two years, and it definitely helped me, especially with this floor routine," said McCusker, whose coach choreographed her routine.

Defending champion Ragan Smith (Texas Dreams) didn't fall off uneven bars but she had a few intermediate swings. She did reasonably well on beam, with a few wobbles, but put her hands down on her double pike dismount. She finished in a tie for ninth with Shania Adams.

Leanne Wong (GAGE) led after the first day in the junior division.

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