Aly Raisman Wins 2016 US Classic

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman won all-round gold at the Secret Classic Saturday evening at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut.

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All of the U.S. Olympics team’s top contenders, with the exception of Maggie Nichols, who is recovering from knee surgery, competed, though some only in a few of the four events.

“It’s very exciting to be on this journey with all these girls,” said Biles, who will make her Olympic debut. “It’s just a fun time and something that you will cherish for the rest of your life because not a lot of kids get to say they are on the road to an Olympics.”

Douglas and three-time all-around world champion Simone Biles competed in just two events, Saturday in what amounts to a tuneup tournament for the national championships later this month in St. Louis and the Olympic trials next month in San Jose, California.

Biles won the beam and finished fifth on the uneven bars. Douglas finished third on the uneven bars and tied for sixth on the balance beam.

Ashton Locklear won the bars with a 15.85 and Madison Kocian, who was one of four co-champions at the world’s on uneven bars, finished just behind her with a 15.7. It was Kocian’s first appearance since breaking her left tibia in February.

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On Saturday night, Raisman got off to a rough start, falling on the uneven bars and scoring a 13.050 for the event. She bounced back on the beam with a 15.000, earned 15.500 in the floor, then finished with a 15.700 on the vault.

“I’m not making the Olympic team for bars, so I made the improvements that [U.S. team coordinator] Marta [Karolyi] was looking for in the other three events,” Raisman said. “She was happy. Obviously, I need to fix my bars, but I think it’s more mentally. The rest of the events, I finally landed my vault the way I wanted to and I’ve been working so hard at home, so I’m glad I was able to do the other three events the way Marta wants me to.”

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