Simone Biles and Team USA will have an uphill battle in Olympic gymnastics this time around.
Biles finished her first heat on vault and first in the all-around, but those were the only categories she was leading at the end of the day. She was eighth on uneven bars, third on beam and second on routine on floor.
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The 24-year-old top gymnast fell completely off the mat following a tumbling pass during her floor exercise. She then took three big steps back on her descent.
She will be in contention for the major events and will have a hand in how the team ends up.
The United States finished the qualifying round in second place behind the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) with a total score of 170.562. The ROC finished with 171.629.
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This is the first time since 2010 that the US team has not finished first in qualifying at a major competition, according to Olympics.com. That year was also the last time the United States did not win a team gold medal at the world championships or the Olympics.
Sunisa Lee was second in the all-around, Jade Cary seventh and Grace Callum 11th. Carey and Skinner finished 2-3 on vault. Lee dominated the uneven bars and was third on beam. Carey was third in the floor routine.
The ROC appears to be ready for the challenge that the United States has posed.
“We hope (we will win),” said Angelina Melnikova, 21. “We are also going to fight and fight. We need to. This is what we are waiting for. “
ROC flooded the balance beam with finishes from second to fifth and clinched fifth and sixth in the floor routine.
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The first medal event will take place on Tuesday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report