Jordyn Wieber was darn near perfect her first night at the U.S. women’s gymnastics team trials, finishing in first place with a score of 61.7 points – an average of 15.425 on the four events, which is very high. Barring some kind of catastrophe on Sunday, July 1 during the second day of trials, Wieber is headed to London.
But will she get the automatic bid, which only goes to the first-place finisher? It’s not a lock. Gabby Douglas is right on her heels with a 61.4 and that comes after an uncharacteristic falter on the uneven bars.
Past those two, who were generally considered locks for the Olympics before the trials even began, sits Aly Raisman, though she is at 60.2. Elizabeth Price also had a very solid night, finishing in fourth place, and so did Kyla Ross, who ended up in fifth. It remains to be seen if any other gymnasts crack that group of five.
Among the three returning Olympians, only Alicia Sacramone still holds out some hope of making the 2012 team. Bridget Sloan missed a connection in her bars practice and sprained the elbow that she landed on. The doctor has said she cannot put any weight on it, so her Olympic dreams are over.
As are Nastia Liukin‘s, after a disappointing uneven bars routine where she flubbed a handstand and fell on her dismount.
The gymnastics women’s team trials resume Sunday, July 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.