USA women's gymnastics team in training


Biles is a massive gymnastics favorite at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and rightfully so.

They may be on "autopilot", but they are not going to just do their routines at the Olympic gymnastics competition.

" 'Oh, my Gosh, it's here".

"We're so well-prepared that we know what to expect of ourselves and our gymnastics once we go out there on the competition floor", said Biles, bidding to become the first woman to win five gymnastic gold medals at a single Olympics.

Though they may not have coined a nickname yet such as the 2012's "Fierce Five", the 2016 U.S. women's gymnastics team took the floor yesterday for the preliminary round and showed the world that they, too, are incredibly fierce. Few who saw Biles on Sunday would disagree.

Biles was also the top qualifier to three event finals as expected: balance beam, vault and floor.

She finished first in all-around, vault, balance beam and floor exercise while the USA team reached the final with a total score of 185.238 points, 9.959 ahead of the second best qualifier China. 16-year-old Hernandez beat Raisman and Douglas to rank second behind Biles on three out of four nights of competition at this summer's final domestic meets. If the US had swapped out its highest score on each event with its lowest, it would still be up by six points.

"I feel like Simone is just so much shorter that it just looks even more ridiculous", team captain Aly Raisman said, laughing. "Why can't you guys answer that one?"

As a team, the US women finished with a final score of 185.238 - 9.959 points ahead of the next-closest competitor, China. And since Simone Biles finished first - and only two athletes from each country are allowed in the finals - Douglas was automatically eliminated from the Finals. Global rules allow only two gymnasts per country to advance to the individual finals.

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He blistered to a big lead by the first check point, tucked into the familiar aero position that has served him so well. Unlike the mass-start road races, the time trial races feature athletes competing one at a time against the clock.

Douglas finished with the third-highest score overall behind teammates Simone Biles and Aly Raisman.

Biles, the last to go on the final rotation for the USA women on balance beam, hit an inspiring routine and then let out all of her emotions, dancing off the podium to her awaiting teammates, who came together in a group hug as chants of "U-S-A!"

"I'd love to defend my title but I'm honored that people have gravitated to my story", she said. The format is five-four-three: out of the five gymnasts on the team, four will compete on each event, and the top three scores count.

Douglas led off, finishing with a 14.833 score for 60.131 total points.

She completed the beam without a hitch before watching Raisman do the same. Laurie Hernandez had to windmill her arms to hold her vault landing.

Douglas is also sure to compete in the uneven bars final.

"Rio better watch out, because we're coming", Douglas said. Sunday's next highest all-around score was 58.732 by Brazil's Rebeca Andrade.

"It's never 100 percent ideal, but I think we showed that our gymnastics is of the highest level", Karolyi said.