By Paul D. Bowker | July 27, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Simone Biles performs on the balance beam at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 on Aug. 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.
 


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Four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles and 2017 world all-around champion Morgan Hurd headline a powerful field of women’s gymnasts in the GK U.S. Classic.

The one-day competition is Saturday at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio, and is the last qualifying meet for women prior to the 2018 U.S. Championships, which begin Aug. 16 in Boston.

Biles, a five-time medalist at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, is returning to competition for the first time since Rio. She has won three world all-around championships and is set to compete in the all-around in Columbus.

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Hurd, an Olympic hopeful and rising high school senior who turned 17 on July 18, had a second-place finish in last year’s U.S. Classic and rose from sixth place in the all-around at the national championships to a gold medal at the all-around in the world championships. She also won the all-around title at the 2018 American Cup.

The field in Saturday’s competition also includes Ragan Smith, an alternate for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team and 2017 U.S. all-around champion; Jade Carey, a silver medalist on floor exercise and vault in the 2017 world championships; Jordan Chiles, a bronze medalist in the all-around in the Stuttgart World Cup; and Grace McCallum, 2018 Pacific Rim all-around champion.

Stepping up from the junior level are Emma Malabuyo, 2017 U.S. floor exercise champion; Kara Eaker, U.S. junior balance beam champion; and Audrey Davis, a sixth-place finisher in the junior all-around in the 2017 national championships.

TV: 8 p.m. ET Saturday, Olympic Channel; 2 p.m. Sunday, NBC

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.