By Anna Rose Johnson

Before finals on Sunday, we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite routines from the top 7 competitors of senior women’s prelims.

Feature Photo by Grace Chiu

Simone Biles – Uneven Bars

Although uneven bars has traditionally been Simone Biles’ weakest event, her skills on this event have flourished under the tutelage of her new coach, Laurent Landi. The performance she hit last night was dazzling, including her new double-twisting double back dismount. Bravo!

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Morgan Hurd – Vault

Morgan Hurd delivered a tidy double-twisting Yurchenko, achieving a high E-score of 9.000. Sitting in second place after night one, Hurd is in a great position to medal in the all-around on Sunday!

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Riley McCusker – Floor Exercise

Although she landed out of bounds on her first pass, MG Elite’s Riley McCusker enjoyed a beautiful performance on floor last night, scoring 13.300 for this balletic brilliance:

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Grace McCallum – Balance Beam

2018 Pacific Rim All-Around Champion Grace McCallum hit a near-flawless beam set last night, demonstrating her poise and classic style on the apparatus. Exquisite!

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Trinity Thomas – Balance Beam

Trinity Thomas, now a Florida Gator, performed with tremendous elegance and flexibility on beam, notching a notable E-score of 8.650.

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Shilese Jones – Uneven Bars

Showcasing her easy swing on the event, Shilese Jones hit a strong bars set that included a gorgeous piked Jaegar.

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Jade Carey – Vault

While Jade Carey’s glorious DTY is watered down from her typical Amanar, it’s still a highlight of her varied vault repertoire. Lovely!

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Anna Rose Johnson writes about women’s artistic and rhythmic gymnastics. She loves Whippets, brownies, and full-twisting double layouts. Her writing portfolio can be viewed at: