Aly Raisman Wins Spot on Olympics Gymnastics Team

You probably remember Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas ― they were on the women's Olympic team in 2012.

Douglas began making history in 2012, when she became the first US athlete to win both team and all-around gold medals at the London Olympics.

At 22, Aly Raisman is the oldest member of the team. It's been four years since Team USA won gold in London.

Biles, the three-time reigning world all-around champion, clinched the lone automatic berth by winning the two-day all-around title by 2.1 points over Hernandez, despite falling off the balance beam. And only four months ago Douglas put up a competitive score of 60.165 in winning the AT&T American Cup, a prestigious invitational world cup meet.

The 20-year-old competed in the 2012 London Olympics, where she became the first African-American gymnast to win an individual Olympic gold medal.

Raisman stepped out on her first floor pass but recovered and scored a 15.050, offering waves in every direction of the arena as she stepped down from the floor. Though hardly surprising after she won the US junior championship previous year, Hernandez's past month of competition has been impressive as she has shown she belongs with the top gymnasts in the world.

Douglas and Raisman are both returning for their second Olympic Games. Her dance-heavy floor routines are a favorite among the crowds and have earned her the nickname "Baby Shakira" with her fans. But she's also gotten even stronger in the all-around where she tied for third in London, but without a medal and off the podium because tiebreaker rules do not allow for multiple medals to be awarded. Simone Biles and Aly Raisman, both of whom were locks to join the team, cried in anticipation. Biles is likely to go down as one of the greatest gymnasts of all time, as her talent is seemingly unending. Hernandez finished third all-around at P&Gs and did it with flair, especially on floor.

The injury was so severe she avoided running around the track in the correct, counterclockwise direction until just before trials, for fear she would put too much outside pressure on her injured ankle. It is an accomplishment she will celebrate, and once her long day was done Sunday, she let down her guard and let the emotions flow. In 2015, she won all-around silver at the world championships.

"She has helped me push myself to be even better on bars after I got second to her at P&G Championships", Kocian said. The two were the best gymnasts in the country on bars, the event the the weakest on.

Douglas said she will use the razor-thin margin at the trials as motivation for the weeks to come.

One was incoming UCLA freshman Madison Kocian. The final decision was made on Sunday evening by the national team coordinator, Marta Karoyli.

Hernandez, who turned 16 last month, expressed just how emotional the night is for aspiring Olympians once they hear their names called. But the other members are chosen by a selection committee, which takes into account their performance at trials and at global competitions. All eyes are on her, and she is expected to perform exceedingly well at the Olympics in Rio.

Fun Fact: Her pre-performance ritual includes putting her hand over her belly and taking a deep breath. The selection committee used its discretion to pick Douglas and Kocian over the others.

She ranked in the top four on three events, including posting the best beam scores of the competition.

Douglas looked all the way back Monday, despite sleeping only two hours from the eventful night in which she fell off the balance beam for the second time at the trials.

Three alternate athletes were also named: Ragan Smith, Ashton Locklear and MyKayla Skinner.

Dan Pizzuta is a freelance writer and former Division I gymnast at Temple University.

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