Simone Biles leads the most experienced U.S. women's gymnastics team ever into the Olympics

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The U.S. women’s gymnastics team is good positioned to triumph nan Olympic squad golden badge not solely because of talent but besides because of experience. 

Four of nan 5 women suiting up this period were members of nan 2020 Tokyo Olympic team. With 2 all-around Olympic champions and 4 Olympic medalists, nan 2024 Paris group is nan astir knowledgeable and astir dressed up successful U.S. history.

Simone Biles, pinch 37 Olympic and world title medals, is nan headliner. Her Olympic badge postulation consists of 2 bronzes, 1 metallic and 4 golds, including nan astir coveted hardware successful nan sport: nan Olympic all-around golden medal.

She is tied pinch Shannon Miller for nan astir Olympic medals for U.S. gymnasts, a grounds she is apt to break successful Paris arsenic nan reigning world champion successful nan all-around, beam, level and squad events.

Biles will beryllium joined successful Paris by reigning Olympic all-around champion Suni Lee, Olympic metallic medalist Jordan Chiles, Olympic golden medalist Jade Carey and first-year senior Hezly Rivera.

Biles called nan coming Olympics a “redemption tour” for nan Tokyo returners.

“I consciousness for illustration we each person much to springiness and our Tokyo performances weren’t nan best,” Biles said Sunday astatine nan Olympic tests successful Minneapolis. “We weren’t nether nan champion circumstances, either, but I consciousness for illustration we person a batch of weight connected our shoulders to spell retired location and beryllium that we’re amended athletes.”

Team USA settled for nan metallic badge successful nan squad arena successful Tokyo aft a fewer uncharacteristic mistakes. Chiles fell connected level exercise, and Biles sewage mislaid successful nan aerial connected her vault earlier a case of nan “twisties” forced her to retreat from nan competition.

“We’re much mature, we’re smarter, and we’re much consistent,” Biles said this week. 

With nan Russian gymnasts banned from participating successful Paris because of nan ongoing warfare successful Ukraine, nan Brazilian and Chinese teams are expected to beryllium nan U.S. women's biggest rivals successful nan squad competition.

The Brazilian squad is besides flush pinch Olympic acquisition and hardware, pinch Rebeca Andrade having made her debut successful Rio for illustration Biles. She became nan first Brazilian to declare an Olympic badge successful women's creator gymnastics, winning metallic successful nan all-around and golden connected vault successful Tokyo.

Brazil is eyeing its first Olympic squad badge aft it won its first world badge as a squad past year.

Aside from Biles, nan U.S. is loaded pinch seasoned talent. Lee is simply a prima connected nan uneven bars, wherever she is nan reigning Olympic bronze medalist. Including nan metallic badge she helped Team USA triumph successful nan squad final, she won 3 medals successful Tokyo, 1 of each color.

“I want to make all-around finals,” Lee said Sunday. “I want to beryllium successful nan apical 3 for nan bars final, and I really want a beam gold.”

“I consciousness for illustration I ever make nan last and past I ever messiness up, it’s truthful annoying,” she said laughing.

She made nan beam last astatine nan Tokyo Games and has Olympic badge imaginable successful that event. Her 14.600 beam people astatine the Core Hydration Classic is among nan highest scores successful nan world this year.

Carey, nan reigning Olympic level champion, narrowly missed nan podium connected vault successful Tokyo. She qualified successful 2nd spot down Biles heading into nan vault last but tripped connected nan runway during finals, a fluke incident that she has credited pinch motivating her Olympic comeback.

“A batch of america will opportunity we want redemption and we each had thing that didn’t spell our way,” Carey said aft she made her 2nd Olympic team.

As it was pinch nan remainder of nan Tokyo Olympians, her acquisition was hampered by a postponement and different Covid-related restrictions. She is looking guardant to a much immersive Olympic situation successful Paris.

“Having a normal experience, having our families there, gathering different athletes, that’s thing I’m really looking guardant to,” Carey said.

Despite Rivera’s comparative inexperience, she expressed assurance successful her teammates to guideline her done nan Olympic spotlight.

“They’ve already been done it, they’ve been done nan journey, they’ve been to nan Olympic Games, they’ve been done nan pressure,” Rivera, 16, said Sunday. “I deliberation they’ll beryllium capable to mentor maine and thief maine truthful much, not conscionable during nan title but passim nan full process of training.”

Biles, 27, will beryllium nan oldest female American gymnast to compete astatine nan Olympics successful 72 years.

All but 1 of nan squad members are successful their 20s, a marked departure from nan erstwhile golden medal-winning U.S. Olympic gymnastics teams. This year’s squad is astir six years older than nan “Fierce Five” from nan London 2012 Olympics, whose mean property was 16.4.

That team, arsenic good arsenic nan 2008 Olympic team, was made up of first-time Olympians.

The 2016 Rio Olympic squad had 2 Olympic returners, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas. In Tokyo, Biles was nan only jock connected nan squad who had antecedently competed astatine nan Olympics.

Raisman, who was 22 during nan Rio Games, was referred to arsenic nan "grandmother" by her teammates astatine nan time.

"I decidedly person to apologize to Aly for calling her ‘Grandma,’ because I consciousness for illustration I’m measurement older now," Biles said. "Recovery I conscionable person to return a small much seriously. Back successful Rio, I could do anything. ... I was conscionable for illustration a small hamster connected a wheel, ever running."

Stream each infinitesimal and each badge of nan 2024 Paris Olympics connected Peacock, starting pinch nan Opening Ceremony July 26 astatine 12 p.m. ET.

Kaetlyn Liddy

Kaetlyn Liddy is simply a newsroom coordinator for NBC News Digital.


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