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Winners and Losers of the 2016 US Women's Gymnastics Olympic Trials

September 22 2017, 06:21 | Van Peters

Winners and Losers of the 2016 US Women's Gymnastics Olympic Trials

Douglas was the first African American woman in Olympic

With the most seniority on the team, Raisman made her debut in 2010 and earned three medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games-two Gold and a Bronze.

Madison Kocian during podium training, the day before the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for women's gymnastics in San Jose, California, July 7, 2016. But the fact that Douglas had to save her case only four years after dazzling the world in London is as stunning as it gets in a world where American dominance is basically foreordained. And Biles has been a favorite to compete in the games since she became the first black world all-around champion in 2013 and the first woman to win three straight world all-around titles.

The darling of the London Olympics, Douglas failed to recapture the old magic but Karolyi kept the faith believing the 20-year-old's reputation as a clutch performer will shine through in Rio. She also finished third on on floor, fourth on vault and seventh on uneven bars.

The Grind is a rite of passage in the powerhouse US women's program, one created to end with tearful hugs on the podium with gold medals draped around their necks.

She seemed to get her own message on Sunday, partially restoring her reputation as someone who performs best when it matters the absolute most. And even though Rio will be her first major global meet, many think she's a contender for an all-around medal.

Joining them on the team is this year's breakthrough star Laurie Hernandez. "If Simone, who is number one, automatically named to the team, best gymnast in the world, still has to hear her name for the Olympics, I think that could summarize probably how we felt a little". Hernandez finished third all-around at P&Gs and did it with flair, especially on floor. "It's so unreal", Simone said after the trials.

Three could do the all-around in qualifying (but only two if Douglas and Madison Kocian do uneven bars). The two were the best gymnasts in the country on bars, the event the U.S.is the weakest on.

Douglas, meanwhile, overcame some less-than-stellar competitions.

North Carolina's Ashton Locklear, for example, had a strong uneven bars' performance with a score of 15.700, hoping to make the team as a specialist.

"If I can make an event final, that's great", Raisman said.

"Still trying to process this", she said. Gabby Douglas didn't have a mistake-free Olympic Trials-far from it-but she showed enough to prove to Karolyi and the rest of the selection committee she can still be an asset in Rio. Defending Olympic all-around champion Gabby Douglas cried as well - especially because she has had a rough few nights and was not a definite for the team. Hernandez is fearless and spunky and her floor routine has an energy that riles up a crowd and draws them into her corner.

To be sure, that has been clearer than even the line-up of this team.

In the second rotation, the woman known as the "Flying Squirrel" wrapped tape tight around her wrists before leaping off a springboard to record a solid 15.250. Gabby has been in the news recently because she sidelined one of her coaches in order to help her find the joy in the sport again. While making a comeback in the late '90s, she ignored the throbbing in her shoulder - throbbing that eventually led to surgery - out of fear of getting passed up.



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