Simone Biles has secured her spot on Team USA for the Tokyo Olympic games.
On Sunday night, the six female gymnasts selected to represent the United States were announced. A four-person team and two individual competitors were chosen based on the International Gymnastics Federation’s (FIG) decision to reduce Olympic gymnastics team sizes. Prior to the announcement in May 2015, team rosters consisted of five members. Now, there are four members on the team and two additional gymnasts can be selected for individual spots.
Biles locked in her spot by earning a two-day total of 118.098 points. She became the first to win U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials twice in recorded history, NBC Sports noted.
Sunisa Lee finished second with 115.832 points. She will make her Olympic debut in Tokyo next month.
The selection committee also added Jordan Chiles (114.631 points) and Grace McCallum (112.564) to Team USA. The individual spots were given to Jade Carey and Mykayla Skinner. Prior to Sunday’s event, Carey had already earned a nominative spot due to her performance in the World Cup Series over the past three years.
Biles, the reigning Olympic gymnastics champion, has the potential to become the first women’s gymnastic competitor to walk away with consecutive all-around Olympic golds.
“The journey has been surreal, five years later and we’re doing it again,” Biles told NBC. “I’m old, I feel like I have a lot of wisdom. I just want to keep everybody cool, calm, and collected.”
Journey to the Tokyo Olympic Games
Biles’ road to the Tokyo Olympics has been nothing short of remarkable.
The four-time Olympic gold medalist made headlines for dominating the first night of the U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials in St. Louis. On Friday night, her impressive performance landed her an all-around score of 60.565. Her scores in the beam, vault, and floor routines propelled her to the top spot. She placed almost three points ahead of gymnast Sunisa Lee who scored 57.666.
Last month, Biles showed off the versatility of her gymnastic skills when she landed the Yurchenko double pike. She became the first woman to complete the difficult vault performance.
The 24-year-old will be the oldest U.S. Olympic women’s gymnast since 2004. She’s the only female gymnast on Team USA that will be competing in Tokyo with Olympic experience but each team member brings a level of success that could help the U.S. win its’ third consecutive Olympic gold medal in the team event. This has not been accomplished since the Soviet Union won eight straight from 1952-1980, NBC Sports noted.
“I’m excited to be in an atmosphere where everybody kind of wants the same thing and is striving for perfection and they’re so dedicated and they’ve been trying so hard,” Biles told PEOPLE earlier this month. “So perseverance is what draws me to the Olympics, personally. I think that’s what I’m most excited for.”