By Blythe Lawrence | March 18, 2018, 12:32 p.m. (ET)

Jordan Chiles reacts after competing on the balance beam at the P&G Gymnastics Championships on Aug. 20, 2017 in Anaheim, Calif.

 

Gymnast Jordan Chiles earned a bronze medal in her senior international debut at the FIG Individual All-Around World Cup Sunday in Stuttgart, Germany.

The 16-year-old from Vancouver, Washington, was the class of the eight-gymnast field on vault and floor exercise, earning the highest scores of the day on those events with a 14.666 on vault and a 13.633 on floor. Her two strongest events helped her land on the podium despite less-than-stellar routines on uneven bars (12.900 for fourth) and balance beam (11.733 for sixth), totaling 52.932 overall.

China’s Zhang Jin won the women’s all-around with 53.431 points, which included a 13.533 on balance beam, the highest of the day on that apparatus. Two-time Olympian Elisabeth Seitz of Germany, performing before an excited home crowd, produced four on-point routines, including the competition-high score on uneven bars (14.800) to finish second (53.332).

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Chiles’ senior international debut has been highly anticipated in the gymnastics community. As a junior competitor, she was often compared to four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles, as the two displayed similar talents for tumbling and vaulting.

Despite finishing second all-around at the 2017 U.S. Gymnastics Championships, however, Chiles was not selected to compete at the world championships in Montreal last October. But her capabilities have not gone unnoticed: she became something of an internet sensation last summer after video of her incredible save on balance beam at the national championships went viral.

The 2018 FIG all-around world cup series continues in Birmingham, England, next weekend.

Blythe Lawrence is a journalist based in Seattle. She has covered two Olympic Games and is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.