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Old 07-09-2016, 08:30 PM   #1
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U.S. women gymnasts and analysts reflect on Day 1 of trials

Saturday is a day of rest for the American contenders in the U.S. Olympic Women's Team Gymnastics Trials.

It's a time for the athletes and analysts to go over what needs to be done to make the team.

The Team USA hopefuls wowed a sellout crowd at the SAP Center in San Jose, California, but there were some apparent nerves.

Legendary Olympic gymnasts gathered for the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame induction ceremony reflected on the night and what the American women need to do to make the team.

"Very interesting. A lot more mistakes I think than I was expecting," Olympic gold medalist Mary Lou Retton told KPRC Channel 2. "Everybody is nervous like, 'Let's get it over (with). Let's pick (the) team we're gonna pick.'"

Retton said most surprising was a crack in the armor in the seemingly superhuman Simone Biles of Spring.

"Simone was amazing!" Retton said. "It wasn't her perfect meet like she normally has. She actually had a few mistakes, but she's human people!"

Of her performance, Biles said, "The energy in the arena was ridiculous. It's like nothing you can compare to even Worlds. It's not as hyped as that. So it was exciting and kind of hard to control your adrenaline and excitement and calm down at the same time."

2008 gold medalist Nastia Liukin said the roar of the crowd may have been a distraction, but this is what separates the very good from the very best."

Liukin explained, "When you go into the Olympic Games, it's going to be even louder, even more people and even more pressure. So if you can kind of survive through this Olympic Trials process, that's kind of what they're looking for."

Retton added, "It's very strategic. I'm just glad I'm not in that (selection committee) room!"

The final four women will be selected for the Olympic team Sunday night.

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