By Chrös McDougall | Aug. 19, 2017, 1:20 a.m. (ET)
Simone Biles looks on during warm-ups before the 2016 Secret U.S. Classic at the XL Center on June 4, 2016 in Hartford, Conn.

 

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Simone Biles is training for gymnastics again.

Biles, the defending Olympic all-around champion, said she returned “like, two Fridays ago,” in an interview with NBC Sports during the P&G Gymnastics Championships, which are taking place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

“I’m weak. But I’m coming back. I’m just doing conditioning and basics right now.”

Biles, 20, hasn’t competed since the Olympic Games Rio 2016, when she won four gold medals and a bronze medal. That capped off an unprecedented four-year run in which she swept every U.S. and world all-around title, a streak beginning in 2013.

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Earlier this week Biles told TeamUSA.org that she planned to resume training this fall at the World Champions Centre, a Houston-area gym owned by her parents. However, she will be with a new coach as her longtime coach Aimee Boorman took a new job in Florida following the Rio Games.

Valeri Liukin, who is in his first year as national team coordinator following Marta Karolyi’s retirement, said he had heard about Biles’ announcement but that she had yet to confirm her plans with him. Until then, he said he’s not assuming anything, but that he’d be eager to work with the 10-time world and four-time Olympic champion.

“We just are hoping that she is going to be back, and she’s going to be back as Simone Biles,” he said.

Biles and 2016 Olympic teammate Laurie Hernandez were interviewed on the floor during the second rotation and left to loud cheers from the Honda Center crowd, despite never being formally introduced.

In the interview, Hernandez was less specific about a potential return, saying “It’s more just taking your time and making sure that you don’t come back too soon because then you could get injured, so we’re just really taking our time right now.”

The Olympic balance beam silver medalist, now 17, is going into her senior year of high school.

The “Final Five” team that won a U.S.-record nine medals in Rio, including the team title, will be inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame in a private ceremony on Saturday, and all five teammates are expected to appear on Sunday during the final night of competition at the P&G Championships.

The women’s competition at the P&G Championships got underway Friday night without any returning Olympians. It’s the first time since 2005 that no one from the previous year’s Olympic team has competed at the next year’s national championships. Ragan Smith, an alternate on that 2016 Olympic team, led the all-around competition by a comfortable 1.3 points after night one.

Chrös McDougall has covered the Olympic movement for TeamUSA.org since 2009, including the gymnastics national championships and Olympic trials every year since 2011, on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc. He is based in Minneapolis-St. Paul.