#BlackGirlMagic: Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas Named To U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team
Last night (Jul. 10), five young gymnasts’ dreams came true when they were named as members of the 2016 U.S. Women’s Olympic Gymnastics Team. Two of those gymnasts were three-time world champ/four-time national champ Simone Biles and the 2012 Olympic all-around champ Gabby Douglas.
Nineteen-year-old Biles, who has been deemed unbeatable by many, had an automatic berth onto the team by walking away with the top spot at the U.S. Olympic Trials in San Jose, Calif. with a total score of 123.25. Even with a fall on the balance beam, her all-around score was still two points higher than the second place competitor and fellow Rio teammate, Laurie Hernandez.
Douglas, 20, has had a tumultuous few competitions. Falls on the balance beam both days of the trials set her score back, and she finished in seventh place overall. However, her routine on the uneven bars boasted one of the highest scores of the competition on night two.
“It’s very emotional right now, and even though I had a couple mistakes on Day 2, they still trusted and believed in me,” Douglas said after being named to the team. She is the first female gymnast since 1980 to head back to the Olympics as a reigning champion.
The other members of the team include Hernandez, 2012 Olympic team member Aly Raisman and uneven bars world champion Madison Kocian.
Let’s go USA!