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Nastia Liukin, Tim Daggett recap first night of Olympic Women’s Trials

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To no surprise, Simone Biles leads halfway through the Olympic Trials. Of greater note is Gabby Douglas‘ place in the standings — seventh.

While Biles is en route to clinching the automatic spot on the five-woman Olympic team Sunday night (8:30 p.m. ET, NBC and NBC Sports app), Douglas certainly did not help her chances in San Jose, Calif., on Friday.

Douglas came into the meet considered a near lock to be on the five-woman team for Rio that will be announced after competition Sunday. Her merit was largely earned in 2015, when she finished second to Biles in the all-around at the world championships.

Douglas has not been the same since winning the AT&T American Cup on March 5. She was fourth in the all-around at the P&G Championships two weeks ago.

Even if Douglas’ spot on the Olympic team is still secure, her hopes of defending her Olympic all-around title are in serious jeopardy. The U.S. won’t put more than three women in the all-around in qualifying in Rio, and Biles, Laurie Hernandez and Aly Raisman all performed better than Douglas at the P&G Championships and the first night of Olympic Trials.

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Nastia Liukin to make NBC Olympics gymnastics analyst debut in Rio

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Beijing Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin will make her debut as an NBC Olympics gymnastics analyst in Rio in August, joining Al Trautwig and Tim Daggett on the broadcast team.

Liukin served as an contributor at the London 2012 Games, after retiring following the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, and has covered World and National-level gymnastics competitions for NBC since.

Also in Rio, legendary gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi will serve as an NBC Olympics primetime correspondent for a third straight Games.

Karolyi’s wife, Martha Karolyi, is the U.S. women’s national team coordinator who has said she will retire after the Rio Games.

Liukin, Trautwig and Daggett and sideline reporter Andrea Joyce will call the P&G Men’s Gymnastics Championships on Sunday, live on NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra at 2 p.m. ET.

NBCSN will air coverage of the Secret U.S. Gymnastics Classic women’s event later Sunday at 9:30 ET.

The P&G Women’s Championships and the U.S. Olympic Men’s and Women’s Trials are later in June and July.

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Mary Lou Retton, Carly Patterson, Nastia Liukin talk Rio 2016 on TODAY (video)

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Three of the four U.S. Olympic all-around champions gathered to discuss the AT&T American Cup and Rio Olympics on TODAY on Friday morning.

Mary Lou Retton, Carly Patterson and Nastia Liukin share not only Olympic titles but also American Cup victories in the year they appeared at the Games.

That highlights the importance of Saturday’s AT&T American Cup, where the fourth U.S. Olympic all-around champion, Gabby Douglas, will compete for the first time this year (NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra, 1 p.m. ET).

Retton, Patterson and Liukin were also asked who the U.S.’ biggest competition will be in Rio and who the contenders are to make the five-woman Olympic team.

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