By Anna Rose Johnson

It was a triumphant night for the U.S. athletes, who showcased brilliance across all four events. We’re so excited to see the dominance of Simone Biles and the clean artistry of Morgan Hurd and Riley McCusker, who comprised the top three slots after night one. Let’s take a quick look at some skills that really WOWed us tonight!

Feature Photo by Grace Chiu

Simone Biles’ Cheng Vault

Incredible! Such a superb vault for Biles; performed with such ease and elegance!

Morgan Hurd’s Standing Full on Beam

Rock solid and infinitely clean.

Jordan Chiles’ Amanar Vault

Almost stuck—just a tiny hop! Amazing amplitude and impeccable form in the air, with a score of 15.000!

Kara Eaker’s switch ring + back handspring + scale + switch leap + Korbut on Beam

Fluid perfection. We absolutely love it! Eaker performs with such a beautiful style on this apparatus.

Jade Carey’s Yezhova on Bars

A truly spectacular transition from high to low in Carey’s new bars routine.

Sloane Blakely’s Arabian Double Front on Floor

Perfectly stuck and absolutely controlled. Gorgeous!

Trinity Thomas’ Double Layout on Floor

High flying with near-perfect form, Thomas’ mount was one of our favorite floor passes tonight!

Biles’ Double-Double Off Bars

So quick you almost can’t count the twists! A huge statement at the end of her routine.

Riley McCusker’s Layout Stepout Series on Beam

Flawless form!


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: