World gymnastics champ Biles begins Olympic prep at Pac-Rims

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Three-time world all-around gymnastics champion Simone Biles will begin her preparations for the Summer Olympics at the Pacific Rim Championships in suburban Seattle next weekend.

Biles headlines the six-woman U.S. team that will compete at the XFINITY Arena in Everett, Washington, on April 9.

Three-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman, seeking a return to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this summer, will also compete for the Americans. Biles and Raisman will be joined by Maggie Nichols and Brenna Dowell, members of the U.S. team that rolled to a team gold at the 2015 world championships, and Laurie Hernandez and Ashton Locklear.

The three-day event begins with the men's team and all-around competition on April 8, the women's all-around and team competition on April 9 and the individual event finals on April 10.

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