Published: Wed, July 13, 2016
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Gabby Douglas' ordeal disclosed after making Olympic team

Gabby Douglas' ordeal disclosed after making Olympic team

Here are the five best still photos from the Olympic trials, one each of team members Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian, and Aly Raisman.

Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman will return to the Olympics, becoming the first USA women to make back-to-back Olympic teams since 2000.

Sure, the Chinese won the silver medal at the last two world championships, but they were so far back they could barely see the Americans. She's the first reigning champion in the all-around category since 1980 to go back to the Olympics following her win.

Despite her struggles women's national team program director Martha Karolyi remained convinced Douglas could still be a key contributor to the US effort.

MyKayla Skinner, Regan Smith and Ashton Locklear are the alternates. The London 2012 beam bronze medalist then went to the balance beam, putting together a very solid routine for an impressive 15.250. Rounding out the final spot is Madison, who is the world champion on bars.

The selection process for this year's team was no easy process, with a large number of elite gymnasts to choose from.

"Yesterday in training I stuck one and Marta was like, 'If you don't do that tomorrow, I'm gonna... and I was like, oh snap", Biles said. Attending the Game alongside them just a few years later, she said, is "incredible". Heading into P&G Championships, it was unclear how exactly Hernandez fit into the Olympic picture, but four days of competition later she's made a claim to the No. 2 spot behind Biles, along with Raisman. She finished the weekend in third place on the event behind Kocian and Locklear, the two fighting to be the bars specialist. She will be an alternate for the team at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. "I think we all thought we would be a little bit more nervous in the waiting room, but we were just talking and on our phones and taking pictures", she said of finding out the news.

In the Olympic trials, Hernandez, 16, won the balance beam, and Kocian, 19, won the uneven bars.

Skinner had two nights of incredible performances at the Olympic trials.

"For the past three years it (Olympics) has been a dream and once it comes true, you don't even believe it, it's kind of like a fairytale", said Biles, who was too young to compete in London.

And now that the Rio team is set, Biles and her teammates can turn their attention to beating the rest of the world.

But after wrapping up the trials with a rank of 11th on the beam, and sixth on the floor and vault, many were left wondering if Douglas' Olympic comeback would be out of reach.

According to Elle, when she was only 12 years old, she caught the eyes of gymnastics fans at the Secret U.S. Classic, which is a qualifier for the National Championships with this floor routine.

Simone Biles and Aly Raisman, both of whom were locks to join the team, cried in anticipation. But the fact that Douglas had to save her case only four years after dazzling the world in London is as stunning as it gets in a world where American dominance is basically foreordained.

"I don't think you can set the bar much higher than this", Aimee Boorman, Biles' coach, said of the team.

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