By Chrös McDougall | July 16, 2018, 4:35 p.m. (ET)
Simone Biles waves to the crowd after competing in the floor exercise final at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 on Aug. 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

 

It’s official: Simone Biles will be back next week.

In news that had long been planned for, USA Gymnastics confirmed Monday that Biles, a four-time gold medalist at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, will return to competition at the GK U.S. Classic, which is scheduled for July 28 in Columbus, Ohio.

And in a Twitter response, the 21-year-old gymnast confirmed that she’ll be competing in the all-around, rather than just balance beam and uneven bars as had previously been hinted at.

Biles, considered to be the most dominant gymnast in the sport’s history, hadn’t competed since her historic performance in Rio, when she won the all-around, floor exercise, vault and team gold medals, in addition to a bronze medal on balance beam. That tied her for the most medals by a female gymnast at a single Games.

After taking time off from the sport, Biles returned to the gym last summer and had long suggested that she’d make her competitive return at the U.S. Classic.

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The annual meet is the last qualifier for the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, which take place Aug. 16-19 in Boston and are part of the Team USA Summer Champions Series, presented by Xfinity. For gymnasts who have already qualified for nationals, the U.S. Classic is an important tune-up.

Among those scheduled to compete in Columbus are 2017 world all-around champion Morgan Hurd and Ragan Smith, the 2016 Olympic alternate who won last year’s U.S. all-around title.

This year’s world championships begin Oct. 25 in Qatar.

Should Biles get all the way to the world championships this season, she’d return to an event she utterly dominated during the last Olympic quad, winning three world all-around titles to go along with five apparatus world titles and two team titles.

With 19 Olympic/world championships medals, Biles, a Spring, Texas, native, is the most decorated U.S. women’s gymnast of all time.

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.