July 24, 2024
Simone Biles

MINNEAPOLIS – Simone Biles is, unsurprisingly, atop the leaderboard after the first night of competition at the 2024 U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials.

Biles, the reigning world champion and resident GOAT, was a lock for the Paris team even before Friday night, but her leading score of 58.900 took her one step closer to it becoming official. Only the top all-around finisher at trials is guaranteed a spot on the Olympic team.

Jordan Chiles (56.400) and Suni Lee (56.025) are sitting in second and third entering Sunday night’s trials finale, when the five-member team will be finalized.

Beyond the leaderboard, the story of Friday night was the injuries. Shilese Jones, the reigning world bronze medalist, was already managing a long-term shoulder injury before she injured her left knee while landing a vault in warmups. The injury prompted her to compete only in uneven bars, where she was stellar, and raises questions about her fitness and health for Paris.

Kayla DiCello also sustained an injury on vault less than an hour later, and her injury could prove to be more serious. She left the floor in a wheelchair and immediately scratched from the remainder of the night.

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