San Francisco - Three-time
world champion Simone Biles and defending Olympic gold medalist Gabby
Douglas will spearhead the US women's gymnastics team challenge in Rio
despite differing fortunes at the US trials that concluded on Sunday.
Biles, who hasn't lost a competition in more than three years,
delivered a dominant performance over two days of competition on Friday
and Sunday in San Jose, California, amassing a total of 123.250 points
to easily win the all-around title and earn automatic selection to the
Laurie Hernandez, 16, was second with Aly Raisman third and both were
also named to the five-woman team, as was Douglas - despite some
struggles that saw the 2012 all-around winner finish seventh overall.
Douglas and Raisman - the 2012 floor exercise gold medalist - are
the first US women to make back-to-back Olympic teams since 2000.
Douglas, 20, is the first reigning all-around gold medalist to return to the next games since Nadia Comaneci in 1980.
Madison Kocian - who shared uneven bars world championships gold
last year - rounded out the team announced by the selection committee
headed by US national team coordinator Martha Karolyi."Fierce Five, second generation," Biles told an NBC television
interviewer of the US squad that will be heavily favored to repeat the
team gold they won in London.
Douglas fell in both of her balance beam routines at trials, but she
had a leg up with the selectors not only after her 2012 victory but also
after a runner-up finish to Biles in the all-around at the world
championships last year.
"It's very emotional right now, and even though I had a couple of
mistakes on day two, they still trusted and believed in me," Douglas