Simone Biles leads the pack at the end of day one of the women's gymnastics Olympic trials

If Biles advances to the Olympics, it will be her third appearance. She first competed in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Published: June 28, 2024 10:59pm

Seven-time Olympic medalist Simone Biles finished the first night of the Olympic trials for women's gymnastics on Friday night in first place, with Tokyo Olympic medalists Jordan Chiles and Sunisa Lee in second and third.

The women are competing for five slots on the United States women's gymnastics team, to represent the U.S. at the 2024 Paris Olympics next month. The gymnast who finishes in first place on Sunday will automatically make the team, while a committee will choose the other four team members, and up to four alternates, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Biles finished the first night with a score of 58.900, while Chiles finished second with a combined score of 56.400, NBC News reported. Lee, who finished first in the all-around at Tokyo in 2020, finished third with a score of 56.025. If Biles advances to the Olympics, it will be her third appearance. She first competed in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Olympic medalist Jade Carey finished fourth with her career best of 55.825, and 18-year-old Joscelyn Roberson finished fifth at the end of night one with a score of 55.475. Roberson is considered a contender to make the team because of her strong showings on vault. 

There were also notable injuries on the first night, with Tokyo alternate Kayla DiCello withdrawing from the competition after injuring her knee during warm-ups. World all-around bronze medalist Shilese Jones was also injured during warm ups, but she competed on uneven bars in the trials, before sitting out the rest of the competition. It is not clear if she will compete in the second day of the trials.

The Olympic trials for women's and men's gymnastics are taking place in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The two teams alternate competition days, with the men starting on Thursday and the women beginning on Friday. The men will finish Saturday, and the women will conclude their trials on Sunday night.

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