Simone Biles, again, showed her dominance as she claimed yet another National title, making this her 4th straight National title. One more competition stands between her and the 2016 Rio Olympic Games…the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in San Jose, California, July 8 and 10.
While it is hard to believe that Biles could get any better – her routines are becoming more flawless every time she competes.
Biles’ vault was so close to perfect only losing .1 in execution value, scoring a phenomenal 16.200 on her Amanar vault (one of the most difficult vaults being performed in women’s gymnastics currently). The same can be said about her overwhelming floor routine which has less than 1.0 point in execution deduction and contains some of the most difficult tumbling ever.
Scoring almost 4 points ahead of her second place competition, Biles has once again set the bar to beat…and so far, she has been unstoppable.
Biles not only won the all-around, but she also posted top scores on vault, balance beam, and the floor exercise. However, you can’t count her out on her weakest event even. Placing fourth out of a field of 24, Biles’ bar routine can not be ignored. Her level of competition just gets higher and higher.
2012 London Olympic Team Member, Aly Raisman, fought until the until placing second behind Biles and narrowly beating first time senior Laurie Hernandez. Gabby Douglas finished with a solid fourth and Madison Kocian rounded out the top five.
After the competition, Biles was named USA Gymnastics Athlete of the Year, becoming the first woman to win four U.S. all-around titles in a row since Joan Moore Gnat in 1971-74.
Alongside Biles, Raisman and Hernandez fought to the last routine to determine who would take second and who would take the third position. Having experience and maturity on her side, Raisman pulled through and out scored Hernandez by just .6 a point.
Raisman was named the Sportsperson of the year while Aimee Boorman (Biles’ coach) was named Coach of the Year.
Hernandez, who just turned 16 this year, competing in her first national championships at the senior level, certainly made a name for herself. Finishing a very close third behind Raisman, Hernandez was out to show Marta Karolyi that she deserved to be selected for the five person Olympic team.
Douglas, the defending Olympic all-around champion, hopes to defend her Olympic title and chase down Biles. However, she has quite a bit of ground to cover since she was more than seven points behind Biles at this competition.
Kocian made a strong showing as she is recovering from an ankle injury earlier this year. She indicated that she should be up to 100% by the time the Olympic Trials come around.
In two weeks, the ladies will compete at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials on July 8 and 10 in San Jose, California. Assuming that Biles is a shoe-in for the Olympic team, this meet will be a strong indicator as to who will be joining her on the 2016 Rio Olympic team.
Members of the 2016 U.S. Women’s Senior National Team, who will be competing in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, have been named. The team was selected based on the 2016 P&G Women’s Championships performances.
2016 U.S. Senior National Team
Alyssa Baumann – WOGA Gymnastics
Simone Biles – World Champions Centre
Christina Desiderio – Parkettes National Gymnastics Center
Gabrielle Douglas – Buckeye Gymnastics
Brenna Dowell – Great American Gymnastics Express
Rachel Gowey – Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance Institute
Lauren Hernandez – MG Elite
Amelia Hundley – Cincinnati Gymnastics
Madison Kocian – WOGA Gymnastics
Ashton Locklear – Everest Gymnastics
Maggie Nichols – Twin City Twisters
Alexandra Raisman – Brestyan’s American Gymnastics
Emily Schild – Everest Gymnastics
MyKayla Skinner – Desert Lights Gymnastics
Reagan Smith – Texas Dreams Gymnastics
Source: USA Gymnastics
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