The problems started early for Simone Biles and the US Artistic Gymnastics team on the first day of activity at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. One step off the line in a floor workout here, one more jump on the colt there. And for two hours on Sunday, they kept building, shedding the aura that American gymnastics had built over the past decade. Even the greatest of all was not immune to the realities of an imperfect sport.
For 11 years, American women have been courting her, competitively at least, traveling the world and returning home with suitcases full of gold. This can also happen in Tokyo. But for the first time in a long time, it seemed like it wouldn’t happen without me having to fight for it.
Simone Biles seeks to expand her legend in Tokyo 2020.
To the general surprise, Russia did an excellent initial stage and got the best grades, more than those of the Americans by more than one point. Although reigning Olympic champion Simone Biles led the competition and her partner Sunisa Lee came in second For the first time since the 2010 World Cup, the United States saw another name higher than its own in the team standings.
“This was not the final,” said Tom Forster, the US High Performance Team coordinator. “That’s to get to the final. So it could be a big warning for us and we’ll take advantage of it.”
Beals, at work. Photo: Reuters.
In front of Ariaki Gymnastics Center is almost empty Not even Bills was immune to mistakes. The 24-year-old gymnast had the highest score with a score of 57,731 and advanced to the final on different equipment, but it wasn’t easy.
He got off the rug after a floor rotation exercise. Its 14133 was worse than Italian Vanessa Ferrari’s 14166 in the morning session. Then he did the same on the colt. Half a turn he made as he left the round, the colt encountered a slightly unbalanced and fell to the left. Her second jump was much better, nailed, and an average of 15,183 which put her in the lead.
He responded with a solid workout on the uneven bars, although with minimal exercise demand it stayed at 14.566. And he finished off a great radiology routine by taking three big steps back after getting off, something he hadn’t done before, according to Forrester.
Biles showed herself to be a human in the preliminary stage of artistic gymnastics. Photo: AFP
Biles, who came to Japan as the Olympic standard for the United States, greeted the referees and He withdrew with a smile that created a mixture of comfort, sarcasm and frustration. Supported by her grounded notes and jumping, despite errors, Biles is provisionally first in the singles general, followed by compatriot Sunisa Lee and Russia’s Angelina Melnikova.
However, in the team’s total, the North Americans Bayles, Sunisa Lee, Grace McCallum and Jordan Chiles added 170,562 points which were not enough to improve the 171,629 of the Russians.