Simone Biles celebrates final day of US Olympic Trials
In less than a month before the Tokyo Olympics, the United States will solidify its team as one of the most popular sports on Sunday.
Simone Biles and other women’s gymnastics stadiums conclude the US Olympic team’s trial at the Dome at the Americas Center in St. Louis with a second day of competition. The event concludes with the naming of the 2021 Women’s Olympic Team.
The men’s team was announced on Saturday. Brody Malone, Yul Moldauer, Shane Wiskus, Sam Mikulak and Alec Yoder represent the United States in Tokyo.
The fierce competition on the first day means that there are still many unknowns for women’s teams other than Biles. Some gymnasts can reasonably claim one of the four spots behind Biles’ lead.
Here’s everything you need to know when you enter the final day of a US gym exam.
Ranking on the first day
Not surprisingly, Biles led the puck on Friday’s first day of the tournament, finishing the first four rotations with an overall score of 60.565. She scored more than 15 points on vaults, beams and floors and scored 14.6 on uneven bars. Biles is almost three points ahead of her closest competitor.
However, competition is fierce among the next five gymnasts. Sunisa Lee is in second place, heading for second place, just over 0.5 points away from third-place Jordan Chiles. Behind Lee and Chile in the rankings are MyKala Skinner, Grace McCallum and Kayla DiCello, all with a difference of less than 0.200.
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On Friday’s floor exercises, both Lee and Chile were near the bottom of the puck, finishing 12th and 8th respectively. Chile was penalized for partially out of range on one of the passes. McCallum was second only to bile at this event.
How gymnasts form a team
The United States will send six female gymnasts to Tokyo. A team of 4 and 2 individual athletes.
The No. 1 finisher in the trial (probably Biles) will automatically secure the spot for the Olympic team. If she finishes in the top three in three other events, anyone in second place can do the same, but currently none of the gymnasts qualify. The remaining three team spots are all selected by the selection committee.
Jade Carrie has already won one of the individual spots, thanks to her best performance on the floor and vault in the World Cup series of individual events. The other remaining individual spots will be awarded by the selection committee.
When and where to see
The Olympic Channel broadcasts the first 30 minutes of the Women’s Tournament, which begins at 8 pm Eastern Standard Time. The press will then switch to NBC at 8:30 pm EST, and the rest of the event and the team’s naming ceremony will be broadcast live. Viewers can also stream the event on NBCOlympics.com or on the network’s streaming platform NBC Peacock.
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