Olympics

American women gymnasts face their own inner competition

Simone Biles competes in the floor exercise during the women's U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials in San Jose, Calif.
Simone Biles competes in the floor exercise during the women's U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials in San Jose, Calif. AP File

The American women are heavily favored to repeat as gold medalists in gymnastics in Rio de Janeiro — but the real drama will be which of the three Americans in the all-around gymnastics competition will miss out on the final.

That's because each country can enter just two competitors in the final, leaving Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman to battle for those two places.

The event starts with a subdivision that includes 41-year-old Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan, who will be competing in her seventh Olympics, a record for a gymnast. Her best chance to make an impact is reaching the vault finals, where she will compete against American Laurie Hernandez, among others.

The 16-year-old Hernandez was born as Chusovitina was planning to compete in her third Olympics in 2000.

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