Paris Olympics 2024: Simone Biles and Suni Lee Absent From Winter Cup 2024 List

Published 02/09/2024, 11:57 AM EST

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As the Paris 2024 Olympics draw near, the gymnastics world waits for epic showdowns. Two icons are poised to return to the Olympic stage again after having a roller coaster ride since the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, and they are Simone Biles and Sunisa Lee. As the 2024 gymnastics season kicks off, all eyes are on the Winter Cup set to unfold in the United States.

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The Winter Cup is a qualifying event for the 2024 U.S. Gymnastics Championships and also selects the junior and senior national teams. However, despite their aspirations for Olympic glory, it seems that the two icons, Simone Biles and Suni Lee, are missing out on this vital competition.

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In an Instagram post by USA Gymnastics, the account shared the “Women’s Winter Cup entry list.” On the list were formidable names like Isabella Anzola, Jordan Chiles, Zoe Miller, Skye Blakely, Nola Matthews, Gabby Douglas also making a comeback, Trinity Thomas, and many other junior and senior women who were competing in the event. However, notable absences from the list included Sunisa Lee and Simone Biles. But it’s not just these two icons, Lee and Biles, who are sitting out the Winter Cup 2024.

 

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Shilese Jones, who also won medals at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, also seemed to be missing from the list. Other missing competitors include Jade Carey, the 2023 Swiss Cup winner, and Leanne Wong, another world championship competitor, who are currently busy competing for their college teams in the 2024 NCAA season. Additionally, Joscelyn Roberson, who was at the Worlds last year, is recovering from an ankle injury and was also missing from the list. Despite the icons missing in action, the 2024 Winter Cup will be a thrilling spectacle.

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The 2024 Winter Cup schedule

The 2024 Winter Cup is scheduled for February 23–25, 2024, at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky. The competition will feature both junior and senior women competing. The junior women’s competition is scheduled for Friday, February 23, at 7:00 PM Eastern Time, while the senior women’s competition is on Saturday, February 24, at 1:00 PM Eastern Time.

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Fans worldwide can catch all the thrilling action by streaming it live on the USA Gymnastics YouTube channel. With just days left for the epic competition to begin, gymnastics fans eagerly await the kickoff of the Olympic year in grand style for elite American women gymnasts.

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Christaline Meyers

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Hello there! I'm Christaline Meyers, a Olympics Sports Writer for Essentially Sports. As an ardent lover of the sporting world, I've found my home in the dazzling world of Gymnastics, where elegance meets athleticism in gravity-defying routines. But my passion doesn't stop there; I'm a sports enthusiast with a taste for the wild waves of surfing, the adrenaline rush of Alpine Skiing, and the street-smart moves of skateboarding.
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