Women?s gymnastics is one of the most-anticipated events in the Rio Olympics 2016 and first-time Olympian Simone Biles from the U.S. Team is the favorite to take home the gold in all-around gymnastics events.
Biles is joined by Gabby Douglas, Madison Kocian, Laurie Hernandez, Aly Raisman of the U.S. Team, and the three alternates are Ragan Smith, MyKayla Skinner, and Ashton Locklear. Biles and Raisman are the two American female gymnasts who are qualified to advance to the all-around final. Douglas finished in third but only two will be qualified to advance due to the two-per-country rule. Douglas was the 2012 Olympic champion but this time, her other teammates will get the shot at the title.
In a report by USA Today, Raisman said, ?The two-per-country rule is always very heartbreaking. I?ve been on both sides of it.? She did not qualify last year at the world championships where Douglas won silver behind Biles. She added, ?I think she has a lot to be proud of. She looked amazing.?
Biles coming out on top was never in question scoring 62.366, while Raisman and Douglas fought for second with the former beating the latter only by .476 in the all-around and by a .600 advantage on the vault. ?
The U.S. Women?s Gymnastics team gained the highest team qualifying score with 185.238. China came in second with 175.279.
According to NBC Olympics, many expected that Biles will be the top qualifier of three finals events?balance beam, vault, and floor. Gold medals for the team and all-around are practically assured for the American gymnasts, and Biles is on track to becoming the first ever female gymnast to win five gold medals in one Olympics, and her first one at that.
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Biles will be joined by Raisman in the floor final with Laurie Hernandez in the balance beam final. While Douglas and Madison Kocian will compete in the uneven bars final.
Check out the schedule of the Women?s Gymnastics events below:
Women?s Team Final, Tuesday, August 9 at 4:00p.m.
Women?s Individual All-Around Final, Thursday, August 11 at 4:00p.m.
Women?s Vault Final, Sunday, August 14 at 2:47p.m.
Women?s Uneven Bars Final, Sunday, August 14 at 4:21p.m.
Women?s Balance Beam Final, Monday, August 15 at 3:46p.m.
Women?s Floor Exercise Final, Tuesday, August 16 at 4:47p.m.