The United States women's gymnastics team likely had four of its five members already figured out before the Olympic trials in San Jose, California, began Friday night.
The Associated Press explained (via NBC Olympics): "Barring injury or a catastrophic drop in form, Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman and Laurie Hernandez are heading to Brazil next month."
But the first day of competition gave the 10 other gymnasts fighting for the last spot an opportunity to make a lasting impact on the team.
Here are the results for all 14 gymnasts who are competing for a chance to get to Rio de Janeiro:
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Biles put together the best all-around showing after a series of dominant performances put her in the top four in each event. She had the best floor routine and vault while finishing second on the beam.
Her highest score came on the vault after she pulled off an Amanar that received a 16.000, via NBC Olympics:
NBC Olympics also showed her floor routine:
Douglas, who won a pair of gold medals at the 2012 Summer Games in London, was the first big name to get her trials started. It was a decent routine, but after each gymnast's first routine, she was in ninth, via NBC Olympics:
On the vault, she decided to go with an easier routine with a Yurchenko double twist, which helped her hop up the leaderboard with a 15.100. She recorded the same score on the uneven bars, where she wowed the crowd with this transition, via NBC Olympics:
But the beam tripped her up when she fell off while trying to execute the mandatory full turn, earning a score of 13.700, which put her in a hole after the first night, as she sits in seventh place.
Her teammate from London's Fierce Five, Raisman, had a brilliant showing on the floor to get her night started on the right foot, via NBC Olympics:
Raisman's 15.450 on the floor was the second-best score Friday, and it was her best of the day.
Hernandez put on an equally impressive floor exercise but scored 0.15 fewer points than Raisman. However, the 16-year-old was ahead of Raisman for second place by the end of the night with an overall score of 60.850.
Her finest performance came on the beam, where she put up a 15.500, the night's best mark, via NBC Olympics:
With the United States' most glaring need coming on the uneven bars, the fifth spot on the team could be used for a specialist.
Ashton Locklear and Madison Kocian expect to be in the conversation for that role. Locklear came out strong and set the bar high with a 15.750, which tied for the best of any gymnast, via NBC Olympics:
Kocian wasn't deterred by that score, though, as she went out and matched it with a 15.750 of her own.
With the scores even, their performances in the other events were their last chances to wow coach Martha Karolyi. In the process of attempting to pull off a difficult flip on the balance beam, Locklear fell off, though.
Kocian managed to stay on the beam for her routine and showed some consistency, which should help her chances heading into Sunday.
Just one more day of events remains before the official team that will go to Rio is announced. That means any gymnast who doesn't like her chances entering Sunday will likely pull out all of the stops in order to fall into the good graces of Karolyi.
Stats courtesy of MyUSAGym.com.