Biles makes history as Olympics loom

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Simone Biles and her ever-expanding array of signature skills sure look ready for the Tokyo Olympics.

The reigning world and Olympic champion returned to competition for the first time in more than 18 months by cruising to victory at the US Classic in Indianapolis on Saturday night.

The 24-year-old continued her quest to push the boundaries of what's possible by a female gymnast in the process.

Biles' all-around score of 58.400 - easily the best of the night in a crowded field of seniors trying to join Biles on the US Olympic team this summer - was almost beside the point.

The Yurchenko double pike vault has historically only been done by men.

Not anymore.

Biles sprinted down the runway, did a round-off onto the springboard followed by a back handspring onto the vault, finishing with two backflips with her legs ramrod straight and her hands seemingly magnetised to her hamstrings.

Biles had so much momentum when she landed that she hopped back a step or two.

No matter.

Her score of 16.100 was higher than either of her gold medal-winning vaults at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The rest of Biles' night was steady, if not spectacular as she posted the highest scores of the night on balance beam, floor exercise and vault.

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