Even an Olympic all-around champion can make a mental mistake in Rio selection season.
Gabby Douglas‘ opening night at the P&G Championships didn’t go exactly as planned.
She’s in fourth place in the all-around, a distant four points behind leader Simone Biles going into the final night of competition Sunday in St. Louis (9 p.m. ET, NBC and NBC Sports app).
Douglas is behind due to an error-filled balance beam performance more than any other apparatus. She scored a 14.2, which was more than one full point worse than the three women ranked ahead of her — Biles, Aly Raisman and Laurie Hernandez.
“I rushed myself a little bit,” Douglas told NBC Sports’ Andrea Joyce. “So I definitely need to go out there and just stay aggressive. But I think the confidence level is definitely there. I just need to not rush.”
Douglas still has time to impress the Olympic team selection committee led by U.S. national team coordinator Martha Karolyi.
The Olympic team won’t be named until after the two-day Olympic Trials in San Jose in two weeks.
Douglas remains a favorite given her 2015 World Championships all-around silver-medal performance, but the gap between her and other challengers may have narrowed on Friday night.Follow @nzaccardi