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Qualification concludes Wednesday evening at the 2017 World Championships in Montreal with the fifth and final subdivision of women’s qualification. The Olympic champion U.S. team, favored to dominate the competition again, takes the floor along with China and 2020 Olympic hosts Japan.

None of the members of the U.S. women’s gold medal-winning teams from the 2016 Olympics and 2015 World Championships are in Montreal. New U.S> national champion Ragan Smith is favored to take the all-around title, won by Simone Biles at the past three world championships. Smith, an alternate to last year’s U.S. Olympic team, is coached by the first American world all-around champion, Kim Zmeskal. Smith will be joined in the all-around by first-year senior Morgan Hurd, who shows beautiful gymnastics but has been inconsistent this year. Jade Carey, who joined the elite level this year, is on the team thanks to her vaulting ability, and will also compete on floor exercise. Competing in her first international event, she could win vault if she lands her Amanar and Kas-full cleanly. Ashton Locklear, a member of the 2014 world championships squad that took the team title in Nanning, is the only gymnast with world championships experience, which she should use to propel her to the uneven bars final.

 

 

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