Beginning at 6:45 a.m. ET, Simone Biles, Sunisa Lee, Grace McCallum and Jordan Chiles will compete for their third straight Olympic gold medal in the team competition. While Team USA is the gold-medal favorite, the meet has the potential to be a nail-biter. Why? In finals, each country puts up three gymnasts, and all three scores count. So one major mistake could take a team completely out of it.
Ready for a thrilling competition? We've got you covered with live updates.
Team USA steps up
With Biles out of the competition, the U.S. team showed nerves of steel on bars, with three hit routines. McCallum led the way with a nearly stuck dismount, then Jordan Chiles, the last-minute substitution for Biles, turned in her own clean performance. Finally, Sunisa Lee absolutely rocked her routine, with a massive 15.400. --Amy Van Deusen
Redemption for Jordan Chiles 🇺🇸! Called up at the last minute to replace Simone Biles on Uneven Bars, she delivers a huge set for the U.S. women at a moment they needed it badly. Hits her pike Tkatchev to Pak beautifully and sticks her dismount! #Tokyo2020 #ArtisticGymnastics— FIG (@gymnastics) July 27, 2021 July 27, 2021
Simone out of Team Final
One vault and Simone Biles' night ended. Afterward, she sat with the American trainer and shook her head, said, "I'm fine," multiple times before she was led out of the arena.July 27, 2021
She returned shortly and informed her teammates that she would not continue in the team competition. Jordan Chiles quickly grabbed her grips, chalked up and replaced her on uneven bars. Chiles will also replace Biles on beam. --Alyssa Roenigk
All eyes on Simone
There was an audible gasp from the crowd after Simone Biles' deep landing on vault in which she needed to take a significant step forward. She was supposed to do an Amanar but ended up doing a Yurchenko 5/2 twist. She received a 13.766 -- substantially low by her standards.
Simone Biles 🇺🇸 earns 13.766 on Vault for a Yurchenko 3/2 twist that normally would have been an Amanar. Biles opened up early out of the twist and took a large hop forward on landing. #Tokyo2020 #ArtisticGymnastics— FIG (@gymnastics) July 27, 2021
Biles has since left the competition floor with a member of the U.S. training staff. There's no official word on her status, but her three remaining teammates have been locked in what appears to be an intense conversation.
Biles had just cut off her vault, making 1-1/2 rotations rather than 2-1/2, and landed with a big step. Her score of 13.766 was the lowest on vault thus far. Something is amiss.— Barry Svrluga (@barrysvrluga) July 27, 2021
The United States is in second place, behind the Russian Olympic Committee team, after the first rotation and will now head to bars. --D'Arcy Maine
It's going down
The gymnasts have just walked out onto the floor. The biggest ovation from the small crowd easily was for the U.S. team, and everyone will be shocked to hear that Biles got the most enthusiastic reception during the team introductions. --D'Arcy Maine
Who's competing today?
As we talked about at the top, the competition format changes for the team final. In Sunday's qualification meet, all four members of Team USA competed on every apparatus and the lowest score was dropped. In finals, three gymnasts compete on each apparatus and every score counts, so no room for mistakes.— FIG (@gymnastics) July 27, 2021
Team USA went with the top three scores from qualifications in determining their lineups today. Simone Biles and Grace McCallum will compete in all four rotations. Suni Lee will compete on bars and beam. Jordan Chiles will compete on floor and vault. --Alyssa Roenigk
The U.S. women could (and should) still win gold
All didn't go as hoped for the U.S. squad in preliminaries -- in fact, the team finished second in a world or Olympic competition for the first time since 2010. But there was a lot going on behind the scenes: A brutal competition-within-the-competition for each member, as each athlete had to compete for the two spots in individual events.
yesterday wasn't the meet of my life but I do have to say I learned a lot from it and ready to go out and show the world why I am here. Thank you to everyone, from my family all the way to my fans. I appreciate you!!!! LETS GO❤️ pic.twitter.com/xf6kqlJZ73— Jordan Chiles (@ChilesJordan) July 26, 2021
Now, with the scores wiped clean and with one singular goal, the U.S. is still the most likely team to win. Here's why -- and who else you should be watching in team finals.