U.S. gymnasts compete for world championships spots this weekend
Simone Biles can break the record for most world championships medals next month. But first, she must be named to the U.S. team.
Biles and 14 other gymnasts were invited to a U.S. selection camp in Florida from Saturday through Monday, after which six will be named to the world championships in Stuttgart, Germany in October. Five will ultimately compete in Stuttgart, with one designated the alternate.
Biles can clinch a spot on her fifth straight world team -- and join Kerri Strug as the only U.S. women to compete at worlds in five different years -- as early as Sunday. The winner of an all-around competition that day (streamed here at 4:45 p.m. ET) earns the lone automatic spot available.
The rest of the team will be chosen via committee after a second day of non-all-around competition Monday. Obviously, Biles is an overwhelming favorite to be named in the unlikely event that she loses an all-around for the first time in six years on Sunday.
Whoever the U.S. sends will be favored to extend a streak of six straight Olympic or world team titles dating to 2011, the longest reign by one nation since the Soviets in the 1970s.
The other four members of the 2018 team were invited to the selection camp: 2017 World all-around champion Morgan Hurd, Riley McCusker, Grace McCallum and Kara Eaker. As was Suni Lee, the distant runner-up to Biles at nationals in August, who eyes her first worlds. The full list of invitees is here.
Biles is up to 20 world championships medals after earning six last year, including four golds. She is three shy of the total medals record held by retired Belarusian Vitaly Scherbo.
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