Three-time medalist Aly Raisman is heading to the 2016 Summer games after making the U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team.
The 2016 Olympic Games are still 3 1⁄2 weeks away, but the members of the USA women's gymnastics team already are planning their victory lap.
Biles secured her spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic team Sunday night at the Olympic Gymnastics Trials at the SAP Center in San Jose, California. There was just one automatic qualification spot for the team which went to the top all-around score and there was never a doubt that would belong to Biles.
After a very solid but sub-par night for Biles' high expectations, the three-time world all-around champion came into night two with only a one point lead over upstart Laurie Herandez.
"I think we all thought we would be a little bit more nervous in the waiting room, but we were just talking and on our phones and taking pictures", she said of finding out the news. It shouldn't be a problem.
Besides, after what she and the rest of the five-woman team endured over the weekend, what awaits in Rio doesn't seem so tough. "I was 12 and that's a really young age".
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Something Karolyi is counting on. But underneath her recent struggles remains a boatload of potential. These are: MyKayla Skinner, (who placed 5th in the All Around competition at trials), Ragan Smith (who placed 4th) and Ashton Locklear (who only competed in two events). Hernandez also counts uneven bars as one of her best events, but truly shines on floor.
USA gymnast Gabby Douglas poses at the Olympic media summit on March 7, 2016 in Los Angeles. But the system has worked for so long and Martha is so smart and she knows.
It wasn't the bounce-back meet she wanted after finishing a disappointing fourth at the P&G Gymnastics Championships two weeks ago in St. Louis.
Sure, the Chinese won the silver medal at the last two world championships, but they were so far back they could barely see the Americans.
The Dallas-raised Madison Kocian, 19, is best-known for winning the world title in uneven bars in 2015, by tying with three other gymnasts (they all won gold), and she'll mostly be relied upon in Rio for her expertise on those bars. Her upward momentum was stopped by these back-to-back injuries.
"I'm dreaming big", she said with a playful giggle.
The Americans haven't lost a major worldwide competition in six years, the gap between themselves and the rest of the world hardening along the way. Anything less than sending Karolyi into retirement with gold would be a "Miracle On Ice"-level upset". Who would join the decorated gymnast became clearer throughout the trials. The 16-year-old finished second to Biles at the trials, in addition to winning balance beam.
Nichols' best event was the vault, which earned her a score of 15.1 She also tabbed 14.9 on beam, 14.75 on the floor exercise and 14.6 on the uneven bars.
Raisman's spot ended a remarkable resurgence in recent months.
The U.S. women's roster was announced after the Olympic Trials finished in San Jose, Calif., on Sunday night.
And Kocian made her most convincing case for the team by posting a 15.900 on bars to improve on the 15.750 she scored on Friday.
There were tears in the aftermath as the team celebrated in a sea of confetti. Get to know the girls below. "It says a lot about this team because we're all trying to squeak out extra tenths and I hope that we live up to our potential in Rio".
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