Simone Biles will continue to be the gold standard of Team USA’s gymnastics program, but beyond her there are many new faces in this year’s Olympic qualifiers. And so, the battle for the Olympic candidacies is wide open.
The Olympic gymnastics teams have been reduced a bit this year. Teams are usually made up of five athletes but this year there will only be four on each team. That said, the United States has earned the right to bring in additional individual specialists (two for women, one for men) through other international competitions, so there are still more places to be won.
Individuals will compete for their country but will not be part of the team competition.
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Outside of Biles, Jordan Chiles and Jade Carey are making noise and could seal places on the Olympic squad with strong performances. And on the men’s side of the medal, the four qualifiers will be chosen based on their performance in trials and only trials. And only Sam Mikulak returns from the 2016 Men’s Olympic Team.
The United States women’s team has won gold at each of the past two Olympics, while the men’s team will seek a medal for the first time since winning bronze at the 2008 Olympics.
Sporting News follows all of the US Olympic gymnastics qualifiers throughout the week.
How to qualify for the 2021 Olympic Games in gymnastics
For the men’s team, Olympic qualification is straightforward. The best graduates of the gymnastics trials in the United States in 2021 will be offered places on the Olympic team. The men’s team has four places and has secured an additional individual place for the Tokyo 2021 Olympics based on their performance in international competition.
Things are a bit more complicated for the women’s team. The American roster has four places for the team events and two additional individual places. Thus, they will be able to bring six gymnasts to Tokyo. The top two in the all-around at the 2021 Olympic Trials will automatically qualify for the four-woman team. The other two places will be selected by the committee. These gymnasts will not be eligible to participate in the team events.
One of the team’s two individual spots will likely go to Carey, who has met the International Gymnastics Federation’s criteria for an Olympic spot, unless she is part of the four-woman squad. The other individual place will be selected by the committee.
Who is on the United States Olympic gymnastics team in 2021?
This section will be updated with the full men’s and women’s gymnastics rosters following the finals on Saturday and Sunday.
Results of the 2021 Olympic gymnastics trials