With five of the most elite gymnasts in the world — Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez, and Madison Kocian — on the U.S. women’s gymnastics team, the lineup is pretty much shoo-ins for Olympic gold in Rio this year.
However, despite landing the third highest score on the team (and in the competition), 2012 gold medalist Gabby will not compete in the all-around finals because of “two-per-country” rule that “encourages diversity.” According to Yahoo Sports, the rule keeps “certain countries from completely dominating in competition.”
While Gabby, 20, won’t compete in the balance beam, she did qualify to compete with her teammate Madison in the uneven bars final. Simone, 19, will compete in the beam, vault, and floor finals, and Aly will rock the floor finals while Laurie handles the beam finals.
In addition to being one of the greatest Olympians ever, Simone’s top scores put her in the running to become the first female gymnast to win five gold medals in one Olympics.
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Best In Black: Meet The Athletes At The 2016 Olympics
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2. Women’s Basketball star Tamika Catchings2 of 19
3. Allyson Felix3 of 19
4. Wrestler Jordan Burroughs and NBA’s Draymond Green and Paul George4 of 19
5. Carmelo Anthony5 of 19
6. Kyrie Irving6 of 19
7. Simone Biles7 of 19
8. Tina Charles and Brittney Griner8 of 19
9. DeMar DeRozan9 of 19
10. Simone Biles10 of 19
11. Kevin Durant11 of 19
12. Women’s Gymnastics12 of 19
13. Serena Williams13 of 19
14. Kyle Lowry14 of 19
15. Brittney Griner15 of 19
16. Simone Biles16 of 19
17. Gabby Douglas17 of 19
18. Serena Williams18 of 19
19. Simone Biles19 of 19
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