Simone Biles Spearheads The Women's Worlds Event Finals Contenders

Although Doha 2018 marks the first world championships of the quad with a team competition, this year's event finals will still be one to watch, especially with the return of reigning Olympic all-around, vault, and floor champion Simone Biles.

While the bigger gymnastics countries like the U.S., Russia, and China typically dominate the team competition, the event finals provide opportunities for gymnasts from smaller gymnastics countries to bring their country glory. Anything can happen in gymnastics, but there are top contenders on each event that simply can't be counted out.


Simone Biles (USA)

Notable Skills: Amanar, Cheng
Notable Recent Scores:

  • 2018 U.S. Gymnastics Championships: 15.600

Ellie Black (CAN)

Notable Skills: Chusovitina, FHS 1/2 on, 3/2 off
Notable Recent Scores:

  • 2018 Commonwealth Games: 14.233 (EF)

Oksana Chusovitina (UZB)

Notable Skills: FHS 1.5 off, FHS 1/2 on 3/2 off
Notable Recent Scores:

  • 2018 Asian Games: 14.287 (EF)
  • 2018 Osijek Challenge Cup: 14.217 (EF)
  • 2018 Doha World Cup: 14.433 (EF)
  • 2018 Baku World Cup: 14.300 (EF), 14.399 (QF)

Liu Jinru (CHN)

Notable Skills: 1/2 on 1/1 off, FHS 1/1
Notable Recent Scores:

  • 2018 Chinese Championships: 14.350 (EF), 14.400 (QF)
  • 2018 City of Jesolo Trophy: 14.283 (EF)

Shallon Olsen (CAN)

Notable Skills: DTY, Yurchenko 1/2 on 1/1 off
Notable Recent Scores:

  • 2018 Commonwealth Games: 14.566 (EF), 14.800 (QF)
  • 2018 International Gymnix: 14.475 (EF)
  • 2018 Elite Canada: 14.300 (EF)

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Shallon Olsen - Vault, CANADA - 2018 International Gymnix

Uneven bars

Simone Biles (USA)

Notable Skills: Weiler 1/2 to Maloney to Tkatchev, toe-on 1/1 to piked Tkatchev to Pak, van Leeuwen, double double dismount
Notable Recent Scores:

  • 2018 U.S. Gymnastics Championships: 14.850 (day 2), 14.550 (day 2)

Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos (FRA)

Notable Skills: Tkatchev, Pak salto, Maloney, Ezhova, van Leeuwen, full twisting double layout dismount
Notable Recent Scores:

  • 2018 European Championships: 14.400 (TF)
  • 2018 Sainte Gym Cup: 14.300
  • 2018 French Championships: 14.500 (EF)
  • 2018 Doha World Cup: 14.400 (EF)

Nina Derwael (BEL)

Notable Skills: Nabieva, Derwael-Fenton to Exhova to Shaposhnikova to Pak salto, van Leeuwen,toe-on 1/1, full-in
Notable Recent Scores:

  • 2018 Heerenveen Friendly: 15.300
  • 2018 Belgian Championships: 15.350
  • 2018 Doha World Cup: 15.300 (EF), 15.233 (QF)

Elisabeth Seitz (GER)

Notable Skills: Maloney to Ricna, piked Jaeger, Downie to Pak salto, van Leeuwen, toe-on 1/1, full-in dismount
Notable Recent Scores:

  • 2018 Tokyo World Cup: 14.633
  • 2018 Stuttgart World Cup: 14.800
  • 2018 American Cup: 14.200

Liu Tingting (CHN)

Notable Skills: Maloney, Pak to Shaposhnikova to in-bar Gienger, 1.5 pirouette, double layout dismount
Notable Recent Scores:

  • 2018 Asian Games: 14.600 (EF), 14.700 (TF), 14.850 (QF)
  • 2018 Chinese Championships: 14.450 (TF)

Balance beam

Simone Biles (USA)

Notable Skills: Double wolf turn, straddle jump to pike jump, Barani, BHS LOSO LOSO, switch split leap to switch split 1/2 to back pike, front aerial to split jump, full-in dismount
Notable Recent Scores:

  • 2018 U.S. Gymnastics Championships: 15.200 (day 1), 14.900 (day 2)
  • 2018 GK U.S. Classic: 15.200

Kara Eaker (USA)

Notable Skills: switch split leap mount to ring leap, Y turn, ring leap to BHS, side aerial LOSO LOSO, split leap side somi, split leap to BHS to switch 1/2, switch split to straddle 1/2, 2.5 dismount
Notable Recent Scores:

  • 2018 Pan American Championships: 14.600 (TF), 14.300 (EF)
  • 2018 U.S. Gymnastics Championships: 14.450 (day 2), 14.200 (day 1)
  • 2018 American Classic: 14.850
  • 2018 Auburn National Qualifier: 15.100

Flavia Saraiva (BRA)

Notable Skills: BHS mount to split jump to Korbut, roundoff layout, wolf jump to sissone, BHS LOSO LOSO, switch ring leap, double pike dismount
Notable Recent Scores:

  • 2018 Pan American Championships: 14.667 (TF), 14.033 (AA)
  • 2018 Brazilian Event Championships: 14.300 (EF)
  • 2018 Brazilian Championships: 14.350

Sanne Wevers (NED)

Notable Skills: BHS mount, double L turn, aerial LOSO, front aerial split jump Kotchetkova, L turn to turn to double turn to split leap, Gainer full
Notable Recent Scores:

  • 2018 Heerenveen Friendly: 14.750 (EF), 14.500 (AA)
  • 2018 Dutch Championships: 14.367 (EF)

Chen Yile (CHN)

Notable Skills: candlestick mount, roundoff layout, switch ring to Korbut, front aerial to split jump to double stag jump, switch split to ring jump, 3/1 dismount
Notable Recent Scores:

  • 2018 Asian Games: 14.600 (EF), 14.750 (TF) 14.800 (QF)
  • 2018 Chinese Championships: 14.600 (EF), 15.000 (QF)

Floor exercise

Simone Biles (USA)

Notable Skills: Moors, front 1/1 through to full-in, Biles to stag jump, double wolf turn, double double
Notable Recent Scores:

  • 2018 U.S. Gymnastics Championships: 14.700 (day 2), 14.450 (day 1)
  • 2018 GK U.S. Classic: 14.750

Ellie Black (CAN)

Notable Skills: 2.5 through to double tuck, front full through to double pike, 2/1 twist
Notable Recent Scores:

  • 2018 Canadian Championships: 13.833 (AA), 13.633 (QF)
  • 2018 Commonwealth Games: 13.450 (AA, QF)

Morgan Hurd (USA)

Notable Skills: double double, double layout, front layout to front 2/1, double pike
Notable Recent Scores:

  • 2018 U.S. Gymnastics Championships: 13.850
  • 2018 GK U.S. Classic: 13.850
  • 2018 American Cup: 14.033

Angelina Melnikova (RUS)

Notable Skills: double L turn to double turn, full twisting double layout, double layout, double wolf turn, front tuck through to double tuck, Memmel turn, double pike
Notable Recent Scores:

  • 2018 European Championships: 13.833 (QF)
  • 2018 Russian Championships: 14.500 (EF), 14.400 (QF)

Brooklyn Moors (CAN)

Notable Skills: front layout to front double tuck, double front 1/2 out, Semenova, 2.5 twist to Barani
Notable Recent Scores:

  • 2018 Canadian Championships: 14.033 (QF)
  • 2018 Elite Canada: 14.600 (EF), 14.034 (AA)

Mai Murakami (JPN)

Notable Skills: triple turn, double double, double layout to stag jump, 2.5 to punch front 1/1, double L turn, double pike
Notable Recent Scores:

  • 2018 All-Japan Event Championships: 14.300 (QF), 14.233 (EF)
  • 2018 All-Japan Championships: 14.500 (AA), 14.766 (QF)
  • 2018 Tokyo World Cup: 14.566

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