Road to Rio: Women's gymnastics team announced

The three-time world champion opened the final night of Olympic Trials with a solid 15.550 on floor exercise despite taking a small step out of bounds during her dynamic routine.

Hernandez is kidding, but not really.

Biles is glad Douglas, 20, made a comeback after two years away. The gap is sizable to be sure.

"My spirit was kind of crushed", the gymnast said. "This is just another meet".

"She's just that much better than everyone else".

Biles' spot on the team has all but been guaranteed for years, but the most decorated female medalist at world championships locked it up by virtue of a 2.1-point win in the trials competition.

Clearly, she's the favorite to win the gold in the all-around competition at next month's Rio Olympics.

Heady territory for someone who turned 16 a month ago. She tripped after she charged around the final turn of the 800 meters on Monday, missing out on a top-three finish and a coveted spot on the Olympic team for Rio.

The team is a carefully built group meant to give the US the best chance of defending its team gold.

"They only have 12 minutes tonight", said Aly Raisman, who did make the five-woman cut.

"Just when we thought we were at the physical limit of the sport, then here comes Simone Biles", Retton said on Saturday night at the Parade of Olympians event at the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team trials. Of course. The general consensus is that Douglas will certainly be among the five women picked, along with Aly Raisman, the other holdover from the "Fierce Five" who won the 2012 team gold medal in London.

But Martha Karolyi, national team director of USA women's gymnastics, had expected to see improvement following the American's fourth-place finish at the P&G Championships two weeks ago in St Louis.

The only thing missing on a resume that includes 14 world championship medals and four national titles is Olympic gold.

"Even with some mistakes here and there, you look for the potential", Karolyi explained.

"You also compare the girls that are behind her (Douglas) and you have to see if anybody else can do more contribution for the team".

With the formality of making the USA team out of the way Biles heads to Rio where she is expected to challenge for five gold medals. Had no choice. Afterward, Douglas admitted she was a "little shaken" but will force herself to "be more determined" come Sunday and "leave everything out on the floor". "You have to work with different personalities and figure out what works best with everybody".

"We haven't had time to think about it (Rio), we are just celebrating living in the moment", said Biles. "We do a lot of numbers and a lot of reps. Since there is only to be one coach alongside Gabrielle throughout the Olympic process, Christian is that coach based on their longtime coach/athlete bond, chemistry and strength together". "It just made sense". Time off between now and the opening ceremonies in Rio de Janeiro will be scarce, if it exists at all. They're going to get better at bars.

If there was any immediate impact on the decision, it didn't show under the lights, a place where Douglas so often thrives.

Gymnasts who had a bad nightGabby Douglas performs her best event, uneven bars, at the Olympic Trials. Raisman, 22, came in second in floor exercise and third in vault.

GABBY DOUGLAS, American gymnast, after her stumble in the balance beam routine at the US Olympic trials.

There is no drama at the top, though there might be company for Biles. Three gymnasts will compete on each of the four events, and Karolyi and the selection committee scrutinized each gymnast's routine to figure out which combination of programs would yield the highest overall score.

As recently as Sunday, Carpenter tweeted, "On to the Olympic trials". She finished fourth at the national championships two weeks ago and has struggled all week in training.

When a reunion with their mother didn't work out, Biles and her younger sister Adria were adopted by Ron, and his sister adopted the girls' brothers, Ronald and Adam. She's separated herself from the rest of the world so completely that anything less than dominance seems like disappointment.

And would Raisman feel the same way if she'd been left off the team after giving some of her best performances? "Today felt pretty good".

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