The 2016 US Olympic women's gymnastics trials began July 8 at San Jose's SAP Center as 14 talented hopefuls tumbled, flipped, and spun for the chance to make the five-member team that will compete in Rio next month. As expected, three-time world champion Simone Biles held the lead at night's end, but several of her potential teammates got off to less than stellar starts in their respective quests for Olympic stardom.

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Biles imperfect, but still on top

The typically unflappable Biles, 19, didn't have a perfect night, but her final mark of 61.850 bettered that of second-ranked Laurie Hernandez (60.850) by a full point. Both ladies made errors during their routines, with Biles wobbling during a turn on the beam and taking a step while landing her vault, and Hernandez experiencing a small gaffe on the uneven bars.

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Raisman hopes for Olympic return

Finishing night one of the 2016 US women's Olympic gymnastics trials in third place was 2012 Olympian Aly Raisman, who posted a 59.950. The 22-year old Raisman, who earned three medals at the London games (team gold, in addition to floor exercise gold and beam bronze), placed second to Biles at the recent P&G national championships and is, by all indications, well on her way to earning a ticket to Rio.

Olympic champ Douglas falters on beam

Reigning Olympic all-around gold medalist Gabby Douglas began her evening primed to clinch a return ticket to the games, posting impressive marks of 15.1 on both the vault and uneven bars, but disaster struck as she stepped down from the beam --her final event-- and earned just a 13.77. The mistake left her with a night one mark of 58.550, which was good enough for just seventh place.

The full rankings for the first night of competition at the Olympic trials are as follows:

  • 1. Biles, 61.850
  • 2. Hernandez, 60.850
  • 3. Raisman, 59.950
  • 4. MyKayla Skinner, 59.250
  • 5. Ragan Smith, 58.700
  • 6. Madison Kocian, 58.600
  • 7. Douglas, 58.550
  • 8. Maggie Nichols, 58.150
  • 9. Amelia Hundley, 58.000
  • 10. Brenna Dowell, 57.900
  • 11. Christina Desiderio, 56.650
  • 12. Rachel Gowey, 56.400
  • 13. Emily Schild, 55.400
  • 14. Ashton Locklear, 28.950

The women's gymnastics Olympic trials will conclude Sunday, July 10 as the competitors again perform a full set of rotations, and can be viewed via NBC Sports live stream beginning at 8 PM Eastern.

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The winner of the all-around title will automatically be named to the 2016 Rio-bound team, with the other four members to be chosen by the selection committee and their identities revealed later in the evening. The men's team roster was announced on June 25.

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