The five-woman U.S. Olympic women’s artistic gymnastics team will be named after the Olympic Trials, live on NBC and the NBC Sports app from San Jose, Calif., on Friday and Sunday nights.
Friday — NBC, 9-11 p.m. ET
STREAM (starts at 8:30)
Sunday — NBC, 8:30-11 p.m. ET
STREAM (starts at 8)
The all-around winner after two days of competition will clinch one of those five spots. The massive favorite is Simone Biles, who hasn’t lost an all-around in more than three years.
After that, a selection committee will decide the other four gymnasts. Favorites following the P&G Championships from June include 2012 Olympic champions Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman and Laurie Hernandez, a 16-year-old who finished third in the all-around at P&Gs behind Biles and Raisman.
But that’s only four gymnasts. The U.S. may look to fill its roster with an uneven bars specialist. Madison Kocian, a reigning world champion, and Ashton Locklear, the U.S. champion, may be competing for one Olympic spot this weekend.
Don’t forget about Maggie Nichols, the only American to compete on all four events at the 2015 World Championships team final. Nichols is working her way back from a torn meniscus in early spring.
If Douglas and/or Raisman make the team, they will become the first U.S. female gymnasts to make back-to-back Olympic teams since Dominique Dawes and Amy Chow in 2000.
If Hernandez makes it, she will become the first U.S. female Olympian born in the 2000s.
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