Simone Biles is the only sure thing for US gymnastics team going to Tokyo Olympics

FORT WORTH, Texas — Simple math shows the difficulty of making the U.S. women’s gymnastics team for the Tokyo Olympics.

The United States can send up to six women to Tokyo – a four-person team and two, potentially, as individuals. But one of the team spots is going to Simone Biles, who in addition to being the reigning world and Olympic champion just happens to be the greatest gymnast of all time.

That means there really are four guaranteed spots available. And there are 29 women besides Biles fighting for them, beginning at this week’s national championships.

“It is kind of nerve-wracking,” Suni Lee, who established herself as a contender for Tokyo with medals on floor exercise (silver) and uneven bars (bronze) in addition to the team gold at the 2019 world championships, said Wednesday.

“It’s kind of hard to tell who the team will be right now,” Lee said. “And having a bunch of new seniors come up, it is a wider selection and it's hard to tell because everybody is so good. So you're really all just fighting for those four spots.”


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