WATCH LIVE: Simone Biles’ comeback meet at U.S. Classic

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Simone Biles‘ first gymnastics meet since the Rio Olympics is the U.S. Classic on Saturday, live on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA at 8 p.m. ET.

The meet streams for Olympic Channel subscribers on and the NBC Sports app and and the Olympic Channel app. NBC will air TV coverage Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.

Biles took a planned break from the sport after earning four gold medals in Rio, taking advantage of opportunities like “Dancing with the Stars” and her own book and biopic.

She returned to training Nov. 1, under a new coach, and quickly got many of her skills back. By the spring, Biles was already proclaiming herself better than she was in Rio, a statement she repeated at training in Columbus, Ohio, this week.

Biles is competing at the U.S. Classic as a tune-up for the U.S. Championships in Boston in three weeks. Her next meet after that would be the world championships in Doha in October, should she make the U.S. team.

WATCH LIVE: U.S. Classic — 8 p.m. ET

Biles can make plenty of history this year and in 2020 — an unprecedented fifth U.S. all-around title in August and unprecedented fourth women’s world all-around title in Doha.

Then in Tokyo, Biles could try to become the first repeat Olympic women’s all-around champion since Czech Věra Čáslavská in 1968.

But the competitive comeback begins in her birthplace of Columbus, against a field including the 2017 U.S. and world all-around champions, Ragan Smith and Morgan Hurd.

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Kendall Gretsch wins six gold medals at Para Nordic Ski Worlds

Kendall Gretsch

Kendall Gretsch, who won Paralympic titles at the last Summer and Winter Games, added another six gold medals at the World Para Nordic Skiing Championships in Sweden last week.

Gretsch, 30, earned seven total medals in seven days between biathlon and cross-country skiing.

Gretsch won gold medals in three different sports across the last three Paralympics: biathlon and cross-country skiing in 2018 (two years after taking up the sports), triathlon in 2021 and biathlon in 2022.

She plans to shift her focus back to triathlon after this winter for 2024 Paris Games qualification.

Gretsch, born with spina bifida, was the 2014 USA Triathlon Female Para Triathlete of the Year. Though triathlon was added to the Paralympics for the 2016 Rio Games, her classification was not added until Tokyo.

Also at last week’s worlds, six-time Paralympian Aaron Pike earned his first Paralympic or world championships gold medal in his decade-plus career, winning a 12.5km biathlon event.

Oksana Masters, who won seven medals in seven events at last year’s Paralympics to break the career U.S. Winter Paralympics medals record, missed worlds due to hand surgery.

The U.S. also picked up five medals at last week’s World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Spain — three silvers for five-time Paralympian Laurie Stephens and two bronzes for 17-year-old Saylor O’Brien.

Stephens now has 18 career medals from world championships, plus seven at the Paralympics.

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World champion skier Kyle Smaine dies in avalanche at age 31

Kyle Smaine

Kyle Smaine, a retired world champion halfpipe skier, died in an avalanche in Japan on Sunday, according to NBC News, citing Smaine’s father. He was 31.

Smaine, a 2015 World champion in ski halfpipe, had been doing ski filming in Japan, sharing videos on his Instagram account over the past week.

The native of South Lake Tahoe, California, finished ninth in ski halfpipe at the 2016 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado.

In 2018, Smaine won the fifth and final U.S. Olympic qualifying series event in ski halfpipe but did not make the four-man team for PyeongChang. His last sanctioned international competition was in February 2018.

Late Sunday, two-time Olympic champion David Wise won the X Games men’s ski halfpipe and dedicated it to Smaine.

“We all did this for Kyle tonight,” Wise said on the broadcast. “It’s a little bit of an emotional day for us. We lost a friend.”