Simone Biles selected in Olympic team: Simone Biles and Sunisa Lee have made it to the 2021 US women’s Olympic team which is headed for Tokyo. While Biles won the two-day Olympic trials to secure her spot, Sunisa Lee booked her berth byfinishing ahead of Biles in Sunday night’s all-around competition.
The reigning world and Olympic gymnastics champion, Biles’ two-day all-around total of 118.098 earned her one of two automatic spots, a commanding lead and a spot in Japan next month, where she will try to become the first female gymnast in more than 50 years to win consecutive all-around Olympic golds. She is headed for her second Olympics.
The 24-year-old gymnast delivered an impressive performance during the trials and also earned the top scores in the vault, floor and beam routine that featured the “double-double” dismount, which is named the “Biles” after her. The star athlete’s floor routine brought the crowd to a standing ovation. During this she also performed two more of her classic moves on Friday, according to ESPN.
Lee also grabbed the other automatic bid with a 115.832 while posting the top scores on beam and uneven bars and putting up a higher all-around score than Biles on the night. Jordan Chiles – third name to be selected in the four-woman team – is also heading to Tokyo. Grace McCallum rounds out the four-woman team after coming in fourth during trials. She is a member of the 2018 and 2019 world championship teams.
THIS FLOOR ROUTINE. @Simone_Biles had the whole place SHOOK. 😳 #GymTrials21 pic.twitter.com/wdYsM8jb60
— Team USA (@TeamUSA) June 26, 2021
Biles’ routine, which she performed earlier this month at the US Gymnastics Championships, is also a nod to the upcoming Olympic Games, which are less than a month away. “Going into this, I know exactly what to expect,” she said in an NBC interview after the competition on Friday. “I’m a lot more emotional this time around, it’s just I can’t believe the time is here. It’s been five years. I’m grateful,” the Olympic medalist added. “I’m excited to be in an atmosphere where everybody kind of wants the same thing and is striving for perfection and they’re so dedicated and they’ve been trying so hard,” she said to People earlier this month. “So perseverance is what draws me to the Olympics, personally. I think that’s what I’m most excited for.”
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