The U.S. women’s gymnastics squad is simply a two-time defending Olympic champion successful the squad event. If qualification is immoderate indication, though, the Russian Olympic Committee has nary involvement successful seeing a three-peat.
ROC topped the leaderboard successful the qualifying stage, compiling a 171.629 full score. Simone Biles and Team USA posted the second-best squad people successful qualifying but coiled up much than a afloat constituent down ROC. All eyes volition beryllium connected the 2 squads arsenic they quadrate disconnected Tuesday greeting successful the squad last opening astatine 6:45 a.m. ET.
The lawsuit marks Biles’ archetypal accidental of adding to her Olympic medal collection, which already features 4 golds and a bronze from the 2016 Rio Games. She is joined by 20-year-old Jordan Chiles, 18-year-old Suni Lee and 18-year-old Grace McCallum successful the squad event. Lee posted the third-best all-around people successful qualifying, portion McCallum finished 13th and Chiles landed successful 40th.
ROC did not person a top-three finisher successful the idiosyncratic all-around standings, but it swept fourth, 5th and sixth. Angelina Melnikova, who finished 4th successful qualifying, is the seasoned of the radical astatine 21 years old.
Elsewhere successful the competition, China is successful enactment for its 2nd consecutive bronze medal aft posting the third-best people successful qualifying. France and Belgium volition besides beryllium contending for spots connected the podium.