Olympic Preview: Women's Qualification, Session 4
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The United States, the reigning world and Olympic champions, take the floor in the fourth of five subdivisions of of women's qualification Sunday at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Pictured: World champion Simone Biles (United States)

The United States, the reigning world and Olympic champions, take the floor in the fourth of five subdivisions of of women's qualification Sunday at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Led by 10-time world champion Simone Biles, the packed U.S. team includes reigning Olympic champion Gabby Douglas, Olympic floor exercise champion Aly Raisman, world uneven bars champion Madison Kocian and fan favorite Laurie Hernandez.

Vault: Mixed Group 4

Mixed Group 4 includes New Zealand's Courtney McGregor, the first Kiwi female at the Olympics since 2000; three-time Egyptian Olympian Sherine El-Zeiny; and Russian-born Irina Sazanova, the first Icelandic female gymnast at the Olympics.


Sanne Wevers (Netherlands)


Uneven Bars: Netherlands

Hugely popular for their beautiful gymnastics, the Dutch women are making their first Olympic appearance in the team competition since 1976. Twins Lieke and Sanne Wevers, coached by their father Vincent Wevers, are realizing their Olympic dream as a family. Sanne is a medal favorite in Rio for her incredible and original balance beam routine, and the pressure will be huge as she tries to qualify to final. Eythora Thorsdottir is simply spectacular on floor exercise, where the Dutch put the word "artistic" back in the name of this sport.

Balance Beam: Mixed Group 2

Mixed Group 2 includes three-time Olympians Jessica Lopez from Venezuela, who is coached by Brazilian Nilson Savage, and Vasiliki Millousi from Greece. Ariana Orrego, coached by Dena Walker and Argentinian Gustavo Moure at Excalibur Gymnastics in Virginia Beach, is the first Peruvian gymnast in the Olympics, and is one of two Excalibur gymnasts in Rio along with Panama's Isabela Amado. Marisa Dick, a dual Canadian-Trinidadian citizen, is the first gymnast from Trinidad and Tobago at the Olympic Games. She already has one moved named after her on balance beam (switch leap mount to split on beam), and she may add a half turn to the mount to get a second one in the books.

Floor Exercise: United States

The U.S. is widely expected to dominate the competition, and they begin their journey on floor exercise. Biles is being touted as a possible five-time Olympic gold medalist in Rio; she's already a three-time world all-around champion and multiple world champion on balance beam and floor exercise. Her upgraded second vault (Cheng Fei) will make her tough to beat on that event, although others will certainly try with their own upgrades. Kocian will do uneven bars only, where she's a co-world champion and has nailed her routines consistently this year. Biles, Raisman and Douglas will do the all-around, while Hernandez will be limited to three events. Hernandez's beam and floor routines are the most artistic of the U.S. squad, but she will have to have a great performance to make finals over her teammates, as only two gymnasts per country can enter any final. Douglas is the first Olympic all-around champion to make a second Olympic appearance since Nadia Comaneci in 1980, but she is hardly assured of advancing to the all-around final. The intrasquad competition among the U.S. team in qualification will be as interesting as the overall team race.

Up Next: Women's qualification concludes in the fifth subdivision with full teams from Canada, France and Japan!

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