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(CNN) -- In her first competitive event since 2021, legendary gymnast Simone Biles made a triumphant comeback and took first place in front of a packed venue at the Core Hydration Classic on Saturday.

The gymnastics superstar scored 14.0 on the uneven bars, a 14.8 on the balance beam, a 14.9 on the floor exercise and a remarkable 15.4 on the colt jump before a roaring crowd in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, outside Chicago.


Biles finished first in the overall floor and balance beam routine. She was third in the uneven bars.

The seven-time Olympic medalist made her first appearance since retiring from several events at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

Her scores put her ahead of competitors Jordan Chiles, Leanne Wong and Katelyn Jong.

During her floor routine, Biles performed a double design with half a turn, a move that bears her name, to get a score of 14.9.

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Biles then performed a double pike of Yurchenko, considered the most difficult colt jump in the world, to get an impressive score of 15.4.

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Being cheered on by the crowd, Biles reacted with a fist bump and her signature smile after finishing the final event.

Competitors are rated on a combination of execution and difficulty, with total scores generally ranging from 12 to 15.

Biles competes during the women's team final at the Tokyo Olympics.

Biles registered to compete in all four events at this weekend's Core Hydration Classic (formerly called the US Classic), a spokesperson for USA Gymnastics told CNN.

The 26-year-old pulled out of the women's team final at the Tokyo Olympics after suffering what are known as "twisties," a mental block that causes gymnasts to lose track of their position in the air.

Biles opted not to compete in four singles finals at the Tokyo Games, but returned to compete on the balance beam and won bronze after using a modified disassembly in her routine.

The Core Hydration Classic is the last chance for athletes to qualify for the national championships in San Jose, California, later this month.

The world gymnastics championships are scheduled to take place between September 30 and October 8 in Antwerp, Belgium.

A packed crowd was expected Saturday at Hoffman Estates, where spectators were eager not only to see Biles' long-awaited return, but also for the return of Olympic gold medalist Sunisa Lee.

Biles is the most decorated gymnast in U.S. history, winning 32 medals at the Olympics and world championships. Among her haul of medals are four golds at the Olympics and 19 golds at the world championships, the most of any gymnast in history.

Although Biles is registered to compete in all four events this weekend, athletes may decide not to compete at any given time.

After a two-year hiatus, Biles returns to gymnastics as a celebrated mental health advocate. Even in the months after the Olympics, she said she was still "afraid to do gymnastics," but recently said on Instagram that she's "twisting again. No problem. Everything is good."

Simone Biles in an exercise on the balance beam.

She has made few public comments about her return to the sport, but expressed her excitement on social media last month, writing: "Sorry, I've been a bit lost since the announcement. I am overwhelmed with all your messages, support and love! Excited to be back on the race track!"

For those accustomed to seeing Biles dominate competitions with ease, her departure in 2021 was an unexpected move. But for some more familiar with the intense physical and psychological demands of sport, Biles' decision to opt out of competition was more unprecedented than surprising.

"(Biles' departure) was shocking because no one else in gymnastics had stood up and said 'Enough. Right now, this is enough and I need to take care of myself no matter what everyone wants from me on the biggest stage on the planet," sportswriter and author Joan Ryan told CNN Sport.

Sports fans and athletes alike are excited to see the great gymnast return to action and with next year's Olympic Games opening ceremony less than a year away, what else is coming for the most decorated American gymnast in history?

CNN's Savanna Stewart and Zoe Sottile contributed reporting.

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