ST. LOUIS — As if the U.S. women weren’t already formidable enough.
Simone Biles won the two-day Olympic trials to lock her spot on the Tokyo team. Sunisa Lee did, too, actually finishing ahead of Biles in Sunday night’s all-around competition. While Biles will still be the overwhelming favorite to become the first woman in more than 50 years to defend her Olympic title – her errors here uncharacteristic and sure to provide even more fuel – Lee establishes herself as a threat to join Biles on the all-around podium.
Jordan Chiles still has to be named by the selection committee, but there’s no way it’s leaving her home. Including Winter Cup in February, the U.S. Classic in May, nationals and trials, she did not count a single fall. That’s 24 routines without a major error, and there isn’t a team in the world that would turn down that kind of consistency.
When Chiles finished floor exercise, her last routine of the night, she bent over and briefly put her face in her hands. Coach Cecile Landi gave her a big hug as she walked off the podium, and she then shared a long embrace with Biles, who she trains with in Houston.
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