Gabby Douglas Height: Age Revealed, Twitter Reacts To Elimination

Gabby Douglas

Then the lights came on.

This was also the final team competition for Martha Karolyi, the national team coordinator. On vault and floor, too.

Biles, however, was hardly the only reason Team USA's overall score of 185.238 was more than 10 points higher than the next team, China (175.279), in the qualifying for Tuesday's team final.

"I'm just so proud of myself and the team", Biles said.

Russia, Great Britain and Brazil rounded out the top five. Her cumulative score of 62.366 was almost four points better than any other gymnast not on her team.

Three-time world all-around champion Simone Biles led the way.

Hernandez she had been dealing with a "small stomach problem", adding, "It's not an injury at all". "I wish they would change that". "The team, we just calm it down".

Olympic rules limit to two the number of gymnasts from any one country who can advance to the all around final.

No less than Mary Lou Retton, the original America's sweetheart, has called Biles, victor of 10 World Championship gold medals including the last three all-around titles, the greatest gymnast she has ever seen. Biles, 19, an Olympics newcomer, handled the spotlight easily as if it was one of her three all-around world championship titles already.

Not that Douglas was moping.

Gabby Douglas Height: Age Revealed, Twitter Reacts To Elimination
Gabby Douglas Height: Age Revealed, Twitter Reacts To Elimination

Gabby Douglas, far left, with Aly Raisman, 2nd from left.

In a report by USA Today, Raisman said, "The two-per-country rule is always very heartbreaking".

"But I'm not disappointed because there's nothing to be ashamed about".

"I would have loved to go out there and defend my title, but right now I'm just rejoicing and so far this has just been an fantastic experience", she said. I would have loved to go back and defend my title, but you know what? She posted top scores in three of the four rotations - floor exercise, vault and balance beam. Raisman was second on the floor exercise.

The team, comprised of Simone Biles, Madison Kocian, Laurie Hernandez, Gabby Douglas, and Aly Raisman, finished day one with a near ten point lead over all other competitors.

Ranging in age from 16 to 22, the gymnasts celebrated their display of dominance in a manner rarely seen on fields of play.

"The meet was finally over", Biles recalled thinking "and we're officially Olympians".

Douglas will still play a key role in the team competition, where the United States women are favorites to repeat their gold medal win in London. She is sure making up for it every chance she gets, and is well on her way to leading her and her four teammates to gold. She said she had "no regrets for the most part". "What is the most from the girl for someone else is not enough for me". She and Russian Aliya Mustafina had tied for the bronze but the International Olympic Committee doesn't allow for ties in gymnastics medal rounds.

"It's going to be really hard".

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