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Biles Headlines U.S. Women's Team to Rio
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Simone Biles earned the one guaranteed spot on the Olympic team by placing first all-around in San Jose Sunday, while Lauren Hernandez and Aly Raisman, second and third, respectively, assured themselves of berths to the team as well, based on their performances.

The only variables for the selection committee—Marta Karolyi, Tatiana Perskaya and Terin Humphrey—were erased during the competition when both Gabby Douglas and Madison Kocian hit their routines on uneven bars.

MyKayla Skinner, Ragan Smith and Ashton Locklear were named the alternates after another night in which nerves played a role for certain gymnasts.

Even Biles was affected when she fell off balance beam on her front-half, which is more like a half twist to back tuck from a very tiny punch. She made up for it, however, with a 16.20 for her booming Amanar and a 15.55 on floor.

For the second day in a row, Hernandez outscored Raisman in the all-around, and she ranked first on balance beam, third on floor and fourth on vault. She also showed the cleanest form and most dynamic presentation of this Olympic team.

Raisman, who is in excellent shape, will contribute strong performances on vault, beam and floor. Her comeback, which began slowly, is definitely complete.

If there were any doubts about Douglas's chances of making the team because of her fall from beam on Friday, it was never going to be a factor as long as she hit bars again, which she did. And though she fell off beam again (standing full), she most likely will not be in the team final lineup on that event.

Even though she fell off beam on a standing Arabian, Kocian, a 2015 world gold medalist on bars, got the nod over Locklear since she's an all-around gymnast. Locklear will be an important backup to replace any of the bar workers should they get injured.

Skinner and Smith both scored 59-plus on Sunday to place fourth and fifth. Skinner ranked second on vault and Smith was second on beam.

Maggie Nichols outscored both Skinner and Smith tonight with her 59.35, but her highest ranking was fourth on floor exercise. That she wasn't in the top-three on any event might have doused her chances to be named to the team or as an alternate.

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