Olympic women’s gymnastics live updates


Beginning at 6:45 a.m. ET, Simone Biles, Sunisa Lee, Grace McCallum and Jordan Chiles will compete for their third straight Olympic gold medal in the team competition. While Team USA is the gold-medal favorite, the meet has the potential to be a nail-biter. Why? In finals, each country puts up three gymnasts, and all three scores count. So one major mistake could take a team completely out of it.

Ready for a thrilling competition? We’ve got you covered with live updates.

Simone out of Team Final

One vault and Simone Biles’ night ended. Afterward, she sat with the American trainer and shook her head, said, “I’m fine,” multiple times before she was led out of the arena.

She returned shortly and informed her teammates that she would not continue in the team competition. Jordan Chiles quickly grabbed her grips, chalked up and replaced her on uneven bars. Chiles will also replace Biles on beam. –Alyssa Roenigk

All eyes on Simone

There was an audible gasp from the crowd after Simone Biles’ deep landing on vault in which she needed to take a significant step forward. She was supposed to do an Amanar but ended up doing a Yurchenko 5/2 twist. She received a 13.766 — substantially low by her standards.

Biles has since left the competition floor with a member of the U.S. training staff. There’s no official word on her status, but her three remaining teammates have been locked in what appears to be an intense conversation.

The United States is in second place, behind the Russian Olympic Committee team, after the first rotation and will now head to bars. –D’Arcy Maine

It’s going down

The gymnasts have just walked out onto the floor. The biggest ovation from the small crowd easily was for the U.S. team, and everyone will be shocked to hear that Biles got the most enthusiastic reception during the team introductions. –D’Arcy Maine

Who’s competing today?

As we talked about at the top, the competition format changes for the team final. In Sunday’s qualification meet, all four members of Team USA competed on every apparatus and the lowest score was dropped. In finals, three gymnasts compete on each apparatus and every score counts, so no room for mistakes.

Team USA went with the top three scores from qualifications in determining their lineups today. Simone Biles and Grace McCallum will compete in all four rotations. Suni Lee will compete on bars and beam. Jordan Chiles will compete on floor and vault. –Alyssa Roenigk

The U.S. women could (and should) still win gold

All didn’t go as hoped for the U.S. squad in preliminaries — in fact, the team finished second in a world or Olympic competition for the first time since 2010. But there was a lot going on behind the scenes: A brutal competition-within-the-competition for each member, as each athlete had to compete for the two spots in individual events.

Now, with the scores wiped clean and with one singular goal, the U.S. is still the most likely team to win. Here’s why — and who else you should be watching in team finals.


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