San Jose will transform into Gymnastics City this weekend as it hosts the U.S. Olympic team trials for women’s artistic gymnastics on July 8 and 10 at SAP Center.
It is the second consecutive time the Bay Area has hosted the trials: The capital of Silicon Valley was home to the same qualifying event ahead of the 2012 London Olympic games.
Here are some notable names and potential feats to watch for:
— London’s all-around gold medalist Gabby Douglas will be competing this weekend. She returned last year after retiring in late 2012, but a lackluster performance at last month’s P&G Championships resulted in a disappointing 4th place finish.
— Aly Raisman, captain of the 2012 team, was the most decorated female gymnast at the games four years ago and hopes to make the team for the second time on vault and floor exercise.
— While Douglas and Raisman have to prove themselves to the selection committee, reigning national all-around champion Simone Biles is a sure bet to make the team. The 19-year-old from Texas has four consecutive national championships under her belt — a feat no other female athlete has accomplished in the 42-year history of USA Gymnastics.
— Laurie Hernandez, of Old Bridge, N.J., is vying to make history: If the 16-year-old’s exciting floor routine and difficult vaults persuade the selection committee to name her to to the team, she will be the first Latina gymnast to represent the United States at the Olympic games.
— Tickets for the event have been sold out for months, according to USA Gymnastics, but fans are invited to partake in the free Fan Fest at Arena Green adjacent to SAP Center beginning at 3pm on June 8 and 10. The event will also be broadcast on NBC from 6 to 8 p.m. on July 8 and 5:30 to 8 p.m. on July 10