Who impressed NBC Olympics gymnastics analyst Tim Daggett and Nastia Liukin at the P&G Championships on Friday night?
Start with Simone Biles, who takes a whopping 2.45-point lead into the final night of competition Sunday (9 ET, NBC and NBC Sports app). The three-time reigning U.S. and world all-around champion had the highest scores on balance beam (15.7), vault (16) and floor exercise (16.1).
She is a lock to make the five-woman Olympic team, the favorite to earn the only automatic berth available to the winner of the Olympic Trials all-around in two weeks.
“Simone Biles, the rest of the world is just quaking in their boots,” Daggett said. “If her stock could have gotten any higher, it did tonight.”
Liukin was impressed by the two 2012 Olympians attempting to become the first U.S. women’s gymnasts to make back-to-back Olympic teams since 2000.
“Aly Raisman tonight, especially, went out there and proved how consistent and how reliable she is on three events,” Liukin said. “Gabby Douglas, too, she went out there, maybe had a few mistakes here and there, but overall, she’s looking good.”
Raisman had the night’s second-highest scores on beam, vault and floor. Douglas tied for third and fourth on floor and uneven bars, respectively, but struggled on balance beam.Follow @nzaccardi