Here are the gymnasts competing for the United States team at the Tokyo Olympics
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The roster of gymnasts representing the United States at the Tokyo Olympics consolidated over the weekend.
United States Women’s Team
Unsurprisingly, Simone Biles easily earned her spot on the 2021 US Women’s Olympic Gymnastics team. At 24, she earned her nickname “GOAT,” or the greatest of all time. This will be his second Olympics after winning four gold medals and one bronze in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
At the US Olympic Team Trials held in St. Louis over the past few days, Biles secured one of two automatic spots on the US four-woman team. His two-day total was 118,098.
The other gymnast to secure an automatic berth on the team was Sunisa Lee, who finished second in practice, with the highest scores on beam and uneven bars. At 18, she is the youngest competitor on this year’s Olympic team.
Jordan Chiles and Grace McCallum join the first two.
The Chilis came to the trials as a certainty for Tokyo, according to United States Team. The 20-year-old has pulled off each of her routines this year without making any major mistakes. Neither Biles nor Lee can say that. The Olympics will be their first major international competition, but Team USA says the Chilies could compete in the finals on both floor and beam.
As for McCallum, she was part of what appeared to be a crowded field competing for the team’s fourth and final place, but she succeeded. The US team claim the 18-year-old is one of the most experienced gymnasts in the cohort, having been part of the US world champion teams in 2018 and 2019. At the trials, she placed in the top five. first to bars, beam and floor. She is best known for her work on the balance beam.
In addition to the four team members, gymnasts Jade Carey and MyKayla Skinner qualified for Tokyo as individuals.
United States Men’s Team
Although the women’s gymnastics team is often in the spotlight at the Olympics, the men’s team is also formidable.
Brody Malone led the team trials at the US Olympic Games. With a total of 171,600 over two days, he secured an automatic place in the squad. The 21-year-old is an established college star, having won the last two NCAA all-around titles for Stanford. United States Team says Malone is set to be the country’s top contender for the all-around final and a potential finalist for the event on high bar, vault or rings.
Yul Moldauer got the other automatic place in the squad when he finished second in practice. The 24-year-old is expected to have an overall impact in Tokyo. Team USA says he could potentially contribute up to five routines in the team finals. Individually, his best shot to get back on the podium is the floor exercise.
Fans who have watched the last two Olympics may recognize one of the men who earned a spot on this year’s squad – Sam Mikulak. He’s back for his third Olympics. The 28-year-old remains an irreplaceable member of the squad thanks to his scores on the floor and on the high bar, according to Team USA.
The last member of the four-person team is Shane Wiskus. The 22-year-old was third in trials and has a chance to impact several events for the USA team. The gymnast first caught the national spotlight a few years ago when he avoided falling off a high bar with a one-handed grip at the US Championships.
In addition to the squad, Alec Yoder was named to the Tokyo squad as a “plus-one” selection. This means that he will compete in the Olympics as an individual with his scores not counting for the team.
The Olympics are scheduled to start in Tokyo on July 23 and last until August 8 after being postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.