U.S. names women’s gymnastics team for world champs
It was already assured, but now it’s official.
The U.S. women’s gymnastics team for the world championships named Wednesday includes zero Olympians.
As the wait continues for possible elite comebacks by Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian, these four gymnasts will chase medals in Montreal in two weeks:
Ragan Smith P&G Championships all-around winner Olympic alternate
Smith was the clear favorite going into the P&G Championships, and she delivered. The Texan coached by 1991 World all-around champion Kim Zmeskal Burdette won by 3.4 points, which is greater than the average margin of victory of Biles’ four U.S. all-around titles.
The pressure is on Smith to keep an incredible streak alive. An American gymnast has won every Olympic and world all-around title since 2011. The biggest threat could be Romanian Larisa Iordache, who shared the all-around podium with Biles in 2014 and 2015.
With no team event at worlds this year, the focus is first and foremost on the all-around.
Morgan Hurd P&G Championships all-around sixth-place finisher
Hurd, a first-year senior who competes in glasses, was adopted from China as a toddler and now lives with her mom in Delaware. She must have really impressed at this week’s selection camp to get a spot over P&G Championships all-around silver medalist Jordan Chiles, who was named an alternate.
Though she had struggles at P&Gs, Hurd is capable of one of the world’s best floor exercise routines.
Ashton Locklear P&G Championships uneven bars silver medalist Olympic alternate
The “veteran” of this team at age 19 and the only one with world championships experience. Locklear was probably the closest of the alternates to making the Olympic team, getting edged out by Kocian for the uneven bars specialist spot.
Locklear missed an uneven bars medal at 2014 Worlds by .017. She was second to Riley McCusker on bars last month at P&Gs, where she wasn’t performing her most difficult set.
Jade Carey P&G Championships vault winner
Carey hopes to follow the path of Kayla Williams, who in 2009 went from not even being an elite-level gymnast to winning the world vault title. Carey, 17, struggled with her Amanar at P&Gs, falling once and nearly sitting it down on the second day.
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