Road To Rio – Round 2




The U.S. Women are another step closer to making their Olympic Team.

In my previous article, Road To Rio – Round 1, I chose the following women as members of the U.S. Olympic Team after the Secret U.S. Classic:

  1. Simone Biles
  2. Gabby Douglas
  3. Aly Raisman
  4. Ashton Locklear
  5. Madison Kocian


Now that P&G National Championships are over, some women are still holding onto their spots while others are wavering in my team picks.

Hands down Simone Biles is in a league of her own.  Her spot is guaranteed on the team!

It was interesting to hear that during night 1 & 2, the commentators remarked that among the women, they all joke that they don’t compete to be #1, instead they are competing for the #2 spot knowing Simone can’t be beat.

Aly Raisman Photo:
Aly Raisman

Aly Raisman proved to be a steady and focused gymnast.  She went out both nights and proved to everyone that she has one goal; to make the U.S. Women’s Olympic Team.  In my mind, she is still on the team.  They need her leadership and work ethic to keep the team grounded!

Gabby Douglas did not seem to be “on” during night 1.  She made mistakes on all events and didn’t seem focused.  Even during night 2 she seemed to have to “work” for every routine and just not happy.  As much as she is probably a lock for the team, I would be a bit concerned about her level of preparedness at this point compared to the other girls.

Lauren Hernandez stepped up and in a big way!  She tied Aly Raisman for 2nd place in the All-Around after the first night and finished in third after night 2.  She was solid on all four events and definitely proved that she could be counted on for any event if needed.  Plus she placed 3rd on bars behind Kocian and Locklear.  She may not be a bars specialist like these two but she can bring a solid score on bars.

On beam, Ashton Locklear showed improvement from the Secret Classic a few weeks earlier.  With the highest Bars score on night 1 and the improvements on Beam, she is showing the Selection Committee that she is serious about making the team.  She showed the same consistency on Day 2!

After night 1, Madison Kocian placed 5th in the Beam and 2nd on Bars.  These placements put her second to Locklear on both events.  These placements, in my opinion, won’t look good to the Selection Committee.  But on night 2, she did tie Locklear on Bars and beat her on Beam by 0.1.

Maggie Nichols Photo:
Maggie Nichols

Maggie Nichols made her return after some time off due to an injury.  She only competed on two events and she did not place well at all among those vying for those coveted team spots.

Making a great appearance at her first senior national meet was also Ragan Smith but her inexperience in big international competitions and her performances at Nationals will not make her a contender for the team.  Especially since she had some mistakes during night 2.

The athletes competing at the Olympic Trials are:

  1. Alyssa Baumann
  2. Simone Biles
  3. Christina Desiderio
  4. Gabby Douglas
  5. Brenna Dowell
  6. Rachel Gowey
  7. Laurie Hernandez
  8. Amelia Hundley
  9. Madison Kocian
  10. Ashton Locklear
  11. Maggie Nichols
  12. Aly Raisman
  13. Emily Schild
  14. MyKayla Skinner
  15. Ragan Smith
Laurie Hernandez Photo:
Laurie Hernandez


Of these athletes, my revised U.S. Olympic Team picks are:

  1. Simone Bile
  2. Gabby Douglas (questionable)
  3. Aly Raisman
  4. Lauren Hernandez (new addition)
  5. Ashton Locklear


The Olympic Trials are set for July 8 – 10 in San Jose, California.  For more information on the Olympic Trials click here.


Related Articles:

Road To Rio – Round 1

Road To Rio – Olympic Team Selection Procedures

Road To Rio – Understanding Elite Scoring

Road to Olympic Gold Revealed

Olympic Gymnastics Attire Unveiled


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