Simone Biles Nabs Spot on U.S. Team Headed To Tokyo Olympics
Simone Biles just nabbed her spot on the U.S. Gymnastics team ahead of the Summer Games in Tokyo, Japan.
The 24-year-old, who collected four gold medals at her last Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, earned one of the two automatic guaranteed places on her team during the U.S. Gymnastics Olympic trials in St. Louis, Missouri this weekend.
Despite having an off day including a fall off the beam, stepping out of bounds during her floor exercise, and making a few mistakes during her bar routine, Biles racked up a two-day score of 118.098 and earned the highest score on floor.
The routine was also met with an eruption of cheers and a standing ovation from the audience upon completion.
Joining Biles is Sunisa Lee, another gymnast who earned an automatic spot. Other competitors on the U.S. team will be Jordan Chiles, Grace McCallum, MyKayla Skinner, and Jade Carey. Kayla DiCello, Kara Eaker, Leanne Wong, and Emma Malabuyo are slated to serve as alternates.
Biles, who has four moves named after her (two on the floor, one on the beam, and one on the vault), told reporters of her performance this weekend that she got in her head "and started doubting myself."
"And you could see that in the gymnastics. But just go home, work harder. This is just the beginning of the journey," she explained.
On Monday, Biles elaborated on these thoughts with Hoda Kotb in an interview with Today.
"I'm a little bit older, so I get tired quicker," Biles said. "I was really happy, but I was just sad because everybody came out here to watch us and I didn't give them my best performance. But at the end of the day, it is what it is."
The upcoming Olympic Games are scheduled to begin on July 23.
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