Black Excellence Heads to U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team Trials

Jordan Chiles, Simone Biles, Amari Drayton, Shilese Jones, Skye Blakely, and Zoe Miller | Photo courtesy of USA Gymnastics

For the first time in American history, Black excellence will be well represented in the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team Trials. Once stigmatized as not having the right body type for the sport, six Black athletes, among 18 talented women competitors, will vie for one of four spots to represent Team USA in Tokyo, Japan. 

Who’s Competing in the US Olympic Trials?

2016 Olympic Champion Simone Biles, 24, the world’s most decorated gymnast, is a lock for Tokyo, winning her 7th National title early this month at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Fort Worth, Texas.

Biles’ club teammate, Jordan Chiles, 20, is sure to be selected if she delivers another solid performance at the Trials. Chiles will come into the Team Trials ranking 3rd in the nation at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships and 1st at Winter Cup. Hence, she’s been consistent in the last two major competitions.

Amari Drayton, 17, and Zoe Miller, 16, Biles’ and Chiles’ teammates at World Champions Centre in Spring, Texas, have also qualified for the U.S. Olympic trials. 

Shilese Jones, 18, who helped the US win team gold at the 2018 Pan American Games, sealed her spot in the team trials with a perfect vault at Championships. 

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SOURCE: The Black Wall Street Times

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