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


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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