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Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas open Olympic gymnastics team selection season at the Secret U.S. Classic, live on NBC Sports Live Extra on Saturday night.

Biles, the three-time World all-around champion, and Douglas, the Olympic all-around champion, are expected to compete on two of four events at the Hartford, Conn., tune-up meet for the P&G Championships in three weeks and the U.S. Olympic Trials in five weeks.

The five-woman Olympic team will be named after trials. Biles and Douglas are favorites for Rio given they were the world’s two best gymnasts in 2015.

Also competing on Saturday is three-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman, who is slated to do all four events in Hartford, making her the all-around favorite.

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Gymnastics competition continues in Hartford on Sunday, with the final day of the P&G Men’s Championships, the first of two Olympic men’s selection meets.

Donnell Whittenburg leads after the first day, eyeing his first U.S. all-around title.

NBC Sports Live Extra will have coverage of the men from 1-4 p.m. ET on Sunday.

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Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas headline Secret Classic; Maggie Nichols out

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World all-around champion Simone Biles and Olympic all-around champion Gabby Douglas are expected to compete at the Secret U.S. Classic on June 4, while World Championships teammate Maggie Nichols remains out after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery several weeks ago.

USA Gymnastics announced the field Thursday for the tune-up meet for the P&G Championships later in June and U.S. Olympic Trials in July.

Nichols is the only member of the seven-woman World Championships team who isn’t scheduled to compete at the Secret Classic in Hartford, Conn.

She is expected to be ready for the P&G Championships in St. Louis from June 23-26, an official from her gym and USA Gymnastics said Thursday.

In early April, U.S. national team coordinator Martha Karolyi said Nichols was expected to be out four to six weeks, putting her in line to be ready in late May. Participation in the Secret Classic is not mandatory to be eligible for the Olympic team.

Nichols suffered the injury, a meniscus tear, on an Amanar vault landing in training, according to multiple reports.

The five-woman U.S. Olympic team will be named after the trials from July 8-10. The all-around champion at trials will clinch one of those five berths.

Nichols, an 18-year-old from Little Canada, Minn., is a favorite to make the Olympic team if healthy.

She was the only U.S. gymnast who competed in all four events in the World Championships team final Oct. 27. She earned a floor exercise bronze medal five days later.

Nichols opened her Olympic year by finishing second in the AT&T American Cup all-around behind Gabby Douglas on March 5.

Nichols was on the roster to compete at the Pacific Rim Championships from April 8-10 but was removed before the meet due to a slight knee injury, USA Gymnastics said.

She previously dislocated her left kneecap in summer 2014.

The men’s P&G Championships will also be held in Hartford, Conn., next week, with every major U.S. Olympic hopeful in the expected field. That includes London Olympians Danell LeyvaJohn OrozcoSam Mikulak and Jacob Dalton.

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Simone Biles routs Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman at Secret Classic

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Simone Biles easily defeated Olympic champions Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman in their first U.S. competition together at the Secret Classic in Hoffman Estates, Ill., on Saturday night.

Biles, the two-time reigning World all-around champion, posted the highest score of all gymnasts on three of the four events and totaled 62.4 points. She’s won eight straight all-around competitions dating to 2013.

“I’m just really proud of myself,” Biles said on Universal Sports. “I was just really nervous [debuting new routines].”

Douglas, the 2012 Olympic all-around champ, beat Biles on uneven bars (15.4 points) and finished second overall, 1.9 points behind.

“My comeback wasn’t fake, guys,” Douglas said, smiling, in a USA Gymnastics interview.

Raisman, the 2012 Olympic floor exercise champ, finished fifth (behind Maggie Nichols and Bailie Key), 3.35 points back (full results here | videos of every routine). She sat down on a floor exercise pass, scoring 14.35 to Biles’ 16.05 and Douglas’ 15.

“I have improvements to make, but I’m happy with how I did,” Raisman said on Universal Sports.

Douglas and Raisman were competing in the U.S. for the first time since the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials. They’re trying to become the first women’s gymnasts to make back-to-back U.S. Olympic teams since 2000. As is Kyla Ross, who competed on two of four events Saturday, falling twice on the uneven bars.

Gymnasts are preparing for the P&G Championships in Indianapolis (Aug. 13-16) and the World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, in October. The U.S. can send no more than six women to Worlds, the team named after a post-P&G Championships selection camp, and five to the 2016 Olympics.

On Saturday, Douglas closed the gap on Biles since their first competition together at the Jesolo Trophy in Italy on March 28. In Italy, Biles totaled 3.2 more points than Douglas and three more points than Raisman.

In her next meet, Biles can become the first woman to win three straight U.S. all-around titles since Kim Zmeskal from 1990-92. In October, Biles could become the first woman ever to win three straight World all-around titles.

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