Biles on road to Rio, Douglas in trouble
By Steve Keating
SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) - Simone Biles is well on the road to the Rio Games but Olympic champion Gabby Douglas's journey is in danger after a dramatic opening round of the U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials on Friday.
Biles, the three-time all-around world champion unbeaten in major competitions since 2013, looks poised to keep her winning streak intact posting a leading score of 61.850, a full point clear of her nearest challenger Lauren Hernandez heading into Sunday's second round.
A USA Gymnastics selection committee will announce the five member Rio squad Sunday evening.
With 14 women battling for five spots, Douglas, the London Games all-round gold medalist, suddenly finds herself in an Olympic-sized hole sitting seventh after a bumpy night that closed with a fall off the beam.
"I'm just going to take this and not get down and fight for every little thing and just not give up," a clearly shaken Douglas told reporters. "I just have to tell myself that it's not over until it's over.
"I am definitely going to recover because that is what I do, I'm a fighter."
Douglas has developed a well-earned reputation of delivering when it matters most and the stakes could not be higher on Sunday when she will need to produce a bounce-back performance and show women's coach Martha Karolyi she deserves a ticket to Rio.
Certainly Karolyi did not appear ready to throw in the towel on Douglas, offering the London Games darling a vote of confidence. Continued...