USA women’s gymnastics team go for Olympic gold in Rio

USA women’s gymnastics team go for Olympic gold in Rio

As proven in Sunday’s qualification round, Team USA is the one to beat in women’s gymnastics at the 2016 Rio Olympics. With routines like Simone Biles’ near-perfect vault, the other teams in Tuesday’s team all-around final will have their work cut out for them.

In addition to winning gold at the 2012 London Olympics, Team USA has won team gold at the world championships for three consecutive years — 2011, 2014 and 2015. (No team event was held in 2013).

Other teams qualifying for this afternoon’s final are China, Russia, Great Britain, Brazil, Germany, Japan and the Netherlands.

Team USA’s lineup for the final include:

Vault — Laurie Hernandez, Aly Raisman and Biles

Uneven Bars — Biles, Gabby Douglas and Madison Kocian

Balance Beam — Raisman, Hernandez and Biles

Floor Exercise — Raisman, Hernandez and Biles

19-year-old Biles is the favorite to win four individual medals and was leading the field of qualification in all of them — all-around, vault, beam and floor. Team USA had the top three finishers for all-around qualifications — Biles, Raisman and Douglas. But only two gymnasts from each county are eligible, so reigning-champ Douglas narrowly missed the chance to defend her title.

However, all members of Team USA qualified for the event finals on Thursday.

Team all-around competition starts at 3 p.m. Eastern today on NBC, however the network plans to run the tape delay of the poplar competition in primetime. To avoid delays and see each gymnast perform live, head over to NBC’s Olympics site. You will need cable credentials to log in.

Good luck, Team USA, bring home the gold!