Biles will make season debut at Stuttgart World Cup

Four-time Olympic gymnastics champion faces Russia's Aliya Mustafina

Four-time Olympic champion Simone Biles will make her pre-Olympic season debut at the World Cup in Stuttgart, Germany. Competition is set for 16-17 March.

The American gymnast helped lead the U.S. women's team to a fourth-straight team title at the World Championships in October before becoming the first woman to win four World all-around titles.

In Stuttgart, she will face off with an impressive field that includes 2010 World all-around champion and two-time Olympic uneven bars champion Aliya Mustafina of Russia.

In an exclusive Olympic Channel interview during the 2018 World Championships in Doha, Biles stressed her desire to make a statement the year before the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“It’s definitely important because you have to prove once again, and you have to prove to your delegation that you are worthy of them putting you on such a big stage, putting out those routines and hitting them,” the 21-year-old said. “I think it’s important and I would never want to sit it out.”

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After a history making run through the Worlds in Doha – Biles picked up a medal in all six categories – she enjoyed some down time, including a vacation with boyfriend Stacey Ervin.

But it’s back to work for Biles now. The World Cup in Stuttgart will be a test event of sorts for the 14-time World champion. The city will host the 2019 World Championships in October, where Biles has the potential to take the record for most World medals by a gymnast, male or female.

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