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Simone Biles leads after a nervous first day of Olympic trials

Simone Biles leads after a nervous first day of Olympic trials

Ashton Locklear fell off the balance beam, as did Maggie Nichols. Meanwhile, Laurie Hernandez maneuvered out of a potential crisis on the uneven bars.

If that wasn’t enough evidence that the U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics trials were a mental torture chamber, reigning Olympic all-around gold medalist Gabby Douglas fell off the balance beam, dropping her into seventh place after the first day of competition here.

Even the usually steely, four-time national all-around champion Simone Biles, seemingly impervious to pressure, had a rare wobbly moment on the beam Friday night. Still, she quelled her nerves enough and finished with a sharp and winning floor exercise...

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