Nineteen-year-old Madison Kocian will also be going to Rio, mostly on the strength of her specialty - the uneven bars. Nerves seem to be a huge problem for just about everyone, including Biles, who had a rare fall last night. Of course, it would be nice to see even more races represented, but when more than half of the team is made up of women of color and the U.S. didn't have an African American female gymnast on the team until 1980, this roster truly becomes a groundbreaking moment.
At 22, Raisman is the oldest member of the team, which reportedly has earned her the nickname "Grandma". Douglas won the gold medal in the individual all-around competition in 2012. Hernandez is the first Latina gymnast since 2004 to represent the U.S.in women's gymnastics.
Despite not receiving high scores in her early events on Sunday night, she pulled it together and ended on a high note with a spectacular balance beam performance.
"When they came in the room and named the team and I wasn't on it, I started crying", Locklear said. "She works so hard and when you work hard at the end of the day it pays off". Battling back and forth during the last few meets was the motivation Kocian needed to make the five-gymnast roster.
After a weekend in the Bay Area at the Olympic Trials, Spring's Simone Biles returned to Houston around 2 a.m. Tuesday morning at Bush Airport.
"We had the four names down, and we debated between Gabby and Ashton Locklear", Karolyi said.
When the team was formally announced, there was little surprise at the first name called: Biles.
"I'm proud and honored", said Biles in an interview on NBC's live broadcast.
It was precisely observed that Hernandez is able to place her feet exactly where she wants them every single time.
While later years saw an increased number of black Olympic gymnasts on the US team, the number of Latinas remained small, though there were notable exceptions in the '80s and as recently as 2004, according to Elle. She also can perform reliably on the other three events, allowing her to provide back-up for her teammates in case of injury.
A combination that includes Douglas, who hopped off beam during both rounds at trials and has openly talked about her sagging confidence.
The darling of the London Olympics, Douglas failed to recapture the old magic but Karolyi kept the faith believing the 20-year-old's reputation as a clutch performer will shine through in Rio.
Biles looked to finish off her competition in style and make her already locked up spot on the Olympic team official with a stuck beam routine.
"I don't think there's a good enough word to describe the feeling besides if there's anything happier than happy and relieved", said Biles. The athletes are incredibly tough, incredibly graceful, and go through so much just to get there that it has been compared to The Hunger Games.
The team now heads to Houston to the National Training Center for further training, during which Karolyi will determine the final lineup of who will compete on which event in Rio.