Opening day for women’s gymnastics took place Sunday and Team USA did not disappoint. It was tight competition during this qualifying round, but advancing to the all-around finals for USA will be Simone Biles and Aly Raisman. Biles’ Black girl magic was lit from the moment she stepped into the Rio Olympic Arena — as expected — and she outshined her competition with her electrifying performances!
Bursting onto the scene in her first Olympics, the beautifully talented Biles stunned the judges—and people watching worldwide—with three first-place event performances out of four. She led the team in scoring on floor (15.733), beam (15.633), and vault (16.050)—the HIGHEST score at the meet! Her total for the individual all-around was 62.366.
In all, the entire team put on for America. They finished nearly 10 points ahead of second-place China. That is unheard of!
Unfortunately, two-time Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas did not qualify for the all-around finals. The Olympic “two-per” rule only permits two gymnasts per country to compete in the finals, and Douglas finished third with a total of 60.131, just .476 points behind Raisman. However, Douglas will have another chance to win gold during the team finals on Tuesday.
Competition resumes Tuesday, August 9th at 3pm for USA women’s gymnastics.
And as great of a day that USA’s women’s gymnastics team had, USA’s women’s basketball team had its greatest day in Olympics history!
USA women’s basketball team demolished Senegal 121-56 in the team’s opening game Sunday morning. That’s right, a 65-point victory, which happens to be Team USA’s largest victory margin EVER! In all, they broke THREE world records: points scored, margin of victory, and assists. And guess what, seven Black women contributed to this historical game. Rocking the starting lineup, the Black Girl Magic included WNBA stars Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx), Tina Charles (New York Liberty) and Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury). And booming from the bench were Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), Sylvia Fowles (Minnesota Lynx) and Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream).
The team had seven players to score in double-digits. In that number was Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury), who scored 15-points, all of which were from 3-pointers. In her Olympic debut, Griner recorded 14-points, seven rebounds and two blocks. McCoughtry was a major contributor from the bench tallying 11-points, five rebounds, four assists, plus one block and one steal. Breanna Stewart (Seattle Storm) and Fowles contributed 15-points each, with Elena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky) adding 11-points, and Charles with 10-points. Overall, USA shot for 64.8% while Senegal shot for 35.2%.
USA women’s basketball takes on Spain Monday, August 8th at 11am.
In other Black Girl Magic news…
- Venus and Serena Williams’ run at defending their 2000, 2008 and 2012 gold medal Olympic victories have come to a shocking end after losing to the Czech Republic’s Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova in two straight sets — 6-3, 6-4 — in the first round. Unfortunately, NBC’s tennis commentators reported that Venus has been battling an illness for weeks and gave her best efforts to compete. However, it appears her health took a toll on her and it was too much to overcome. While Serena tried her best to carry the team, Savarova and Strycova were the better pair.
- But it’s wasn’t all bad news for the Williams sisters. Earlier in the day, Serena took the court and dominated her Australian opponent, Daria Gavrilova. Serena returns to the court later today for the chance to advance to round 3. Also, still in the mix is Madison Keys. She will also take the court later this morning.
- Unfortunately, Venus and Serena’s teammate Sloane Stephens had a rougher day at work. She suffered a loss to Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard.
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