Gymnastics is one of the most-watched event in the Olympics. With the likes of Simone Biles, Tang Xijing, and Ellie Black the competition this year will be tough. The US Women’s Gymnastics team is yet to be determined, but there are several front runners. With the Women’s Olympic team dubbed “Fierce Five” making a serious mark in the Rio Olympics, the expectation for the team to deliver this year is also high.
This year, due to new rules, there will only be a team of 4 women going to the Olympics. With Simone Biles being almost locked in for the team, there are 3 spots left to be filled. Let us take a look at who will make the Women’s Olympics Gymnastics Team this year at the Tokyo Olympics.
Potential Candidates for the US Women’s Gymnastics Team for Tokyo Olympics
It is almost certain that Simone Biles will be making her way to the Tokyo Olympics leading the women’s team. The 24 year old has not lost an All-around competition since 2013. She recently became the most decorated American gymnast, and the third most decorated gymnast.
At the 2016 Rio Olympics, she won 5 medals, 4 of which were gold, and one bronze. She is the most successful gymnast, with the most all-round world titles. In May, she debuted her new skill at the US Classic. She performed a Yurchenko double pike vault, which no woman had ever completed before, and won the US Classic all-around title. She will definitely be leading the women’s gymnastics team at the Tokyo Olympics.
Jordan Chiles is the 2018 Pacific Ring champion on vault and floor gymnast. She has been a part a member of the United States women’s national gymnastics team since 2013. She won the team championship at the 2018 Pacific Ring. She also won a bronze at the all-around at the 2018 Stuttgart FIG World cup. She is one of the strongest contenders for the Tokyo teams.
Sunisa Lee is a Hmong American gymnast who is a part of the United States Women’s National Gymnastics Team. She won the team gold in the 2019 world championships. She also won a silver in the floor exercise and a bronze in the uneven bars at the championships.
In May Lee competed at the U.S. Classic on only the uneven bars and balance beam. However she fell off both apparatuses and placed tenth and eighth respectively. She is also another athlete looking to claim her spot in the women’s gymnastics team.
Who will take the 4th spot in the US Women’s Gymnastics Team?
“The situation behind those three remains as wide open as ever,” says the Team USA Website. Emma Malabuyo, Leanne Wong, Jade Carey, are the frontrunners for the 4th spot for the team. Leanne Wong and Mykayla Skinner are also athletes to look out for.
Eight more young women will join them at the Olympic trials on June 25- Kayla DiCello, Amari Drayton, Addison Fatta, Shilese Jones, Emily Lee, Riley McCusker, Zoe Miller, and Ava Siegfeldt. There are also 2 individual spots left on the Gymnastics team for Individual events.
As has been to the Insider, the USA Gymnastics Athlete Selection Procedures state that the selection committee will fill these spots “based on the goal of maximizing medal potential in individual event competition.” One of them will be going to Carey (pictured here), a specialist on the floor and vault who clinched one of the open positions in April 2020. Forster told Team USA Carey is not expected to compete for a spot on the Olympic team since “doing so would forfeit the individual spot and mean the U.S. could send five, rather than six, women to Tokyo.”
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