After a high-flying two days of Olympic trials, the official U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team was finally announced on Sunday: As expected, Simone Biles will lead the team as she enters her second summer Games, while Sunisa “Suni” Lee, Jordan Chiles, and Grace McCallum will join her in the team event. Jade Carey and MyKayla Skinner will also join the team as individual competitors, and Leanne Wong and Kara Eaker were announced as alternates.
Biles, who recently became the first woman to win seven U.S. Championship titles, spoke to an NBC reporter about how she was feeling about going back to the Olympics. “The journey has been surreal, five years later, and we’re doing it again,” she said, per People. “I’m old, I feel like I have a lot of wisdom … so I just want to keep everybody cool, calm, and collected.” In 2016, Biles took home five Olympic medals—four golds and a bronze—for the team event and all-around competition, as well as vault, floor, and balance beam, as part of the U.S. Team “Final Five.”
Carey also recently spoke to the magazine about her dream of qualifying for the Olympics. “It would be amazing just to be there and represent my country,” she said. “It’s unbelievable. Just being a role model for little kids is a really cool thing that happens.” Carey also spoke about how she looks up to Biles: “She definitely just reminds us to have fun, and she’s just really awesome. Like we know that we can go to her for anything because she’s been there, and she’s done it all, so she knows exactly how everything goes.”
The Tokyo Olympics will officially begin July 23 and run through August 8. The opening ceremony will air on NBC on Friday, July 23, at 7 a.m. ET/4 a.m. PT and will be rebroadcast at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT. The Games will air on NBC and Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming service.
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