The second-place club features decorated champions, Olympians … in fact, even two Olympic gold medalists.
Kyla Ross (twice), Maggie Nichols and Aly Raisman.
These are the gymnasts who have been one step below the sport’s current luminary, Simone Biles, on the podium at the last four U.S national championships. It doesn’t demean the considerable talent of those runner-ups; instead the order illustrates the generational dominance of Biles.
Think about singers competing with, say, Adele, for awards. Of course, unlike Biles, of late, Adele hasn’t won at every single turn.
Biles, who won her fourth consecutive national all-around title, is...