Hernandez, the first U.S. Olympic gymnast born in the 2000s, was third at the P&G Championships and second at the Olympic Trials and may also be a U.S. all-arounder in Rio.
July 8, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Madison Kocian, from Dallas, TX, during the floor exercise in the women's gymnastics U.S. Olympic team trials at SAP Center.
Three could do the all-around in qualifying (but only two if Douglas and Madison Kocian do uneven bars).
That lesson was delivered the hard way this weekend at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in San Jose, California.
Not anymore. The 22-year-old - the oldest member of the team - stormed her way through two run-up events to trials and kept it going on Sunday night. Some former athletes are calling her the best female gymnast of all-time, including former all-around Olympic gold medalist Mary Lou Retton. The precocious 16-year-old Hernandez - who admits she's too naive to know any better - continued her rapid ascension to perhaps the best threat to Biles' long run at the top.
And now that the Rio team is set, Biles and her teammates can turn their attention to beating the rest of the world.
Douglas started the night swinging her arms twice before launching into a twisting, double Yurchenko vault that scored 15.000 - just off her Friday night mark. Skinner is one of the top eight gymnasts in the United States, and Red Rocks fans should be really excited to see her compete for Utah for the next four years.
Douglas, 20, has had a tumultuous few competitions.
But national team coordinator Martha Karolyi had indicated during the competition that she was prepared to dismiss the problems as flukes, expressing confidence that under the supervision of national staff Douglas would be back on track in time for the Games.
Douglas blew into each hand before grabbing the wood to begin a routine that could determine her chances of reaching the Rio Games.
"I'm so proud of you", Simpson said.
As a crowning jewel to her summer at the games, Douglas just got her own Barbie doll. "It's just a special bond".
Raisman, who along with Douglas is the only holdover from the 2012 London team - tried her best to explain why she and her fellow competitors are cool with the process.
"Nothing actually went through my head; I know that's very weird to say", Biles said of her vault score.
The 19-year-old gymnast made her debut in 2013 and is best known for winning the uneven bars world title in 2015.
All evening, cheers of "Come on, Aly!" greeted her from little girls' voices in every corner of the arena. Her grandfather, Ron Biles, a retired air traffic controller who is now her manager, and his second wife, Nellie, took in the children.
Her parents originally put her in dance classes, but what held her attention the moment she was exposed to it was gymnastics.
Minutes later, Raisman, in a sequin-studded red leotard, finally smiled after her 14.3 on her weakest event.
And so, she started slow, never made up ground against victor Tori Bowie or second-place Deajah Stevens and could not hold off Prandini, the former University of or star who had to wait about 30 seconds to see the result for third place go up on the board.
There will be no confusion when Douglas arrives to work out with the national team in Texas later this week.
So, this Rio trip was no guarantee in the short, ever-diminishing window that can define elite gymnastics.
The latter of the two events wasn't always her strongest, but above showcasing her skills during the most critical time, Locklear also dominated her biggest critic.
She said this week she'll likely focus on the 5,000 alone in Brazil. "Sometimes it makes me nervous".
"I had in my mind this team", Karolyi said. "Probably tears, but we shall see - I'm not sure".