Just because a gymnast made it to the Olympics doesn’t mean that they will actually compete for a medal. There are 98 female and 98 male gymnasts in Rio, but only those who advance past the qualifying round will compete in the team event, the all-around competition and the individual apparatus finals. The process can be tricky to follow–here’s your cheat sheet to making sense of it: The Team Competition
Every country has a team of five members. During the qualifying round, each team is assigned a subdivision; there are five subdivisions for the women, and three for the men (if you’re trying to find them in the Rio Olympic start lists, the U.S. women are in subdivision 4, and will compete
Monday, Aug. 8 at 4:30 p.m. EDT; the U.S. men are in subdivision 2 and competed Aug. 6).
Each country can have four of its five athletes compete on each apparatus. For women, there are four pieces of equipment: vault, floor exercise, uneven bars and balance beam. Men compete on six: vault, floor, high bars, parallel bars, pommel horse and rings. Each routine is assigned a start value based on its difficulty, which is calculated by totaling all of the skills in the program. Judges deduct points from that initial value, docking gymnasts for anything from stepping out of bounds to not reaching a perfectly 180 degree handstand position to, of course, falling off the beam, bars horse or rings. They also add in an ‘Execution’ score that reflects how well the gymnast performed all the skills. Only three of the four scores will count, and the top eight teams from qualifying advance to the medal-round team competition. The men’s team event is first, on
Aug. 8 at 3 p.m. EDT. The women’s team competition is Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 3 p.m. EDT. Read More: The Olympic Gymnast Who Overcame a Drug-Addicted Mother The All-Around
For each nation, figuring out which four women and men will compete in the qualifying round is not just a matter of who will score the highest. The scores are also used to select the 24 gymnasts who compete in the individual all-around competition (
Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 3 p.m. EDT for the men and Thursday, Aug. 11 at 3 p.m. EDT for the women). In order to qualify for that event, the gymnast must compete on every apparatus.
Only two female gymnasts and two male gymnasts per country can enter the individual all-around. The limit is designed to allow nations without deep teams to compete; otherwise the strongest teams would occupy all the spots. The two-person cutoff makes for some heartbreak: at the 2012 Olympics in London, American Jordyn Wieber finished in the top 24, but scored below her teammates
Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman. Must Watch Olympians in Rio Talita Antunes and Larissa Franca, Beach Volleyball, BrazilThe pressure on Brazil’s top-ranked women’s beach-volleyball team to deliver gold on Copacabana Beach will be intense. França briefly retired after winning a bronze in London; Antunes is a third-time Olympian. Evgeny Biyatov—Sputnik/AP Chad le Clos, Swimming, South AfricaHe snatched gold from Michael Phelps in the 200-m butterfly in 2012 and is hoping to defend it against his archrival. Andrew Milligan—AP Elena Delle Donne, Basketball, USAThe 2015 WNBA MVP makes her Olympic debut on a team favored to win its sixth straight gold. In London, Team USA’s average margin of victory was 34.4 points. Juan Ocampo—NBAE/Getty Images Mo Farah, Track and Field, UKFarah electrified London with his 5,000-m/10,000-m double gold at the 2012 Games. Last year his coach, Alberto Salazar, was accused of doping athletes. Farah wasn’t named, but a similar performance will attract skeptics. Eddie Keogh
Livepic—Reuters Usain Bolt, Track and Field, JamaicaWhen Usain Bolt pulled out of the Jamaican trials in July because of a hamstring injury, shudders were felt far beyond the sprinting--obsessed island nation. Since exploding onto the world scene at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Bolt, who will turn 30 on Aug. 21, has been the most dominant and marketable force in his sport. Could the world’s fastest human really miss out on his last Olympics? His rivals, however, knew better. “Come on, man,” said U.S. sprinter Justin Gatlin, Bolt’s longtime adversary. “He’s Usain.”
Bolt has made a habit of entering major races with nagging injuries and underwhelming tune-ups, then winning anyway. In Rio, Bolt will shoot for an unprecedented career haul: nine straight Olympic races—the 100 m, 200 m and 4 x 100-m relay in Beijing, London and Rio—nine golds. Enjoy this final run. We’ll never see it again. —S.G. Tom Dulat—British Athletics/Getty Images Kevin Durant, Basketball, USADurant is the rare
NBA megastar who hasn’t bowed out of Rio. With future Golden State teammates Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, he’ll try to fend off Pau Gasol–led Spain for the Americans’ third straight gold.
Ethan Miller—Getty Images Bubba Watson, Golf, USAGolf returns to the Olympics for the first time in 112 years, and long-hitting lefty Watson will be the top-ranked player after fellow major winners Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson pulled out. Ross Kinnaird—R&A/Getty Images Laurie Hernandez, Gymnastics, USAAt just 16, the New Jersey native has infectious energy and a floor routine that could put her on the podium next to teammate Simone Biles in the all-around competition. Kyle Terada—USA Today Sports/Reuters Matthew Centrowitz, Track and Field, USACentrowitz’s father Matt Sr. ran for the U.S. at the 1976 Games. Matt Jr. finished fourth in London in 2012 and set an Olympic-trials record this year in the 1,500 m, giving him a shot to medal in Rio. Andy Lyons—Getty Images Jenn Suhr, Track and Field, USASuhr won a national title within a year of picking up a pole in 2004. Now, the upstate–New York native goes for back-to-back pole-vault golds. Charlie Riedel—AP Serena Williams and Venus Williams, Tennis, USAFor many top pro athletes, an Olympic medal is a nice accessory to have hanging in the game room. The Grand Slams, majors and NBA titles are what pay the bills—a point made clear this summer when LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Rory McIlroy and many other big names bailed on Rio. They cited fatigue, injuries and the risk of catching Zika. But really, these athletes are staying home because they can afford to.
The Williams sisters could have joined these stars and skipped Rio. Instead, Venus and Serena are bucking this Olympic indifference. They’ve embraced the Games with the zeal of athletes for whom the event is their Super Bowl. They’re both fourtime gold medalists, each with one singles title and three doubles golds won together.
Venus recently said she holds the Olympics in higher regard than the Slams. When some pros expressed frustration that the Olympics don’t count toward pro tour rankings, she scoffed. “Who needs ranking points if you’re playing for a gold medal?” Venus said. “Gotta get your life in perspective.”
More than anything, the bond between Venus and Serena is what keeps them coming back to the Olympics. What’s better than trying to win a gold medal while playing with your sibling? And as Serena’s career has surpassed her older sister’s—she tied Steffi Graf’s Openera record of 22 Grand Slam tournament wins at Wimbledon and will attempt to break it at the U.S. Open in September—Venus has remained her biggest fan. “I think some siblings would feel different,” Serena says. “But if I win, she feels like she won. There’s literally no difference.”
In Rio, they can own the podium together. Serena is favored to defend the 2012 singles gold she won in London, while the sisters are a good bet to edge Switzerland’s Martina Hingis and Belinda Bencic for their fourth Olympic doubles title. And for what may be the last time, we’ll see America’s greatest sister act draped in gold. —S.G. Adam Pretty—Getty Images LaShawn Merritt, Track and Field, USAMerritt won the 400-m gold in 2008, but a strained hamstring took him out of contention in 2012. After running the year’s fastest time at the U.S. trials, he’s on pace for redemption in Rio. Patrick Smith—Getty Images Ashton Eaton, Track and Field, USAThe winner of the Olympic decathlon has been hailed as the world’s greatest athlete ever since King Gustav V of Sweden bestowed the honor on Jim Thorpe at the 1912 Stockholm Games. It isn’t mere hyperbole: the decathlon is a grueling two-day test of speed (100-m dash, 110-m hurdles, 400 m), endurance (1,500-m run), agility (long jump, high jump, pole vault) and strength (shot put, discus, javelin).
Over the past four years, no one has been better at it than Oregon native Ashton Eaton, 28. Eaton, who’s married to Canadian heptathlon contender Brianne Theisen-Eaton, won gold in London and hasn’t lost a major competition since. At the 2015 world championships, Eaton broke his own world record. Should he win in Rio, he’d become the first back-to-back Olympic decathlon champ in 32 years. World’s greatest athlete? Maybe that should be of all time. —S.G. Andy Lyons—Getty Images Justin Gatlin, Track and Field, USA
After serving a four-year doping ban following a positive test in 2006, the fastest man in America is back for a final shot at his longtime rival: Jamaica’s Usain Bolt. Bolt is unbeaten at the Olympics since 2008, but if anyone can beat him, it’s Gatlin. He clocked the world’s two fastest 100-m times this year and lost to Bolt by just one-hundredth of a second at last year’s world championships. Expect the 100-m finals on Aug. 14 to be a heavyweight showdown. Patrick Smith—Getty Images Allyson Felix, Track and Field, USAIn 2004, when Felix was 18 and prepping for her first Olympics, she trained with a teammate who was pushing 30. She swore that would never be her. “And here I am in the same position, probably looking so old to those kids who are training with us,” says Felix. “But I completely get it now. If you love it, why not?”
Felix announced herself as one of the world’s great sprinting talents with a silver medal in the 200 m at those 2004 Games, then paid off that promise with another silver and four golds in 2008 and 2012—tying Jackie Joyner-Kersee for the U.S. women’s track medals record.
Felix won’t get the chance to win gold in both the 200 m and 400 m in Rio; she missed a 200 spot by 0.01 sec. at the U.S. trials. But a win in either the 400 m or a relay would give Felix the record and cement her place in track history. —S.G. Patrick Smith—Getty Images Katie Ledecky, Swimming, USA“I can do this.” It’s what Ledecky, 19, tells herself when her lungs are burning and her muscles are screaming and she still has dozens of laps to go. It’s what she told herself four years ago in London, where she surged past the heavy favorites to win her first Olympic gold.
“I can do this” can be a mixed blessing. “She fails spectacularly and frequently,” says her coach Bruce Gemmell. That’s because Ledecky isn’t afraid of pushing her limits, shooting for a seemingly impossible pace. But it’s also what propelled her to make history as the first to swim, and win, all four freestyle distances—200 m, 400 m, 800 m and 1,500 m—at the same meet, last year’s world championships. That’s the aquatic version of beating Usain Bolt and winning the marathon. “I’m glad I’m not in her training group, because she literally whoops up on the boys,” says fellow Marylander Michael Phelps, the world’s most decorated Olympian.
Even scarier? Ledecky, part of a deep U.S. team that includes fellow 2012 breakout Missy Franklin, hasn’t hit her peak. “If she puts everything together, she’ll be like Secretariat at the Belmont in 1973—a onceinageneration thing,” says Gemmell. Will it happen in Rio? All Ledecky has to tell herself is “I can do this.” —A.P. Erich Schlegel—USA Today Sports/Reuters Dana Vollmer, Swimming, USAShe made the Olympic team just 16 months after giving birth to her son Arlen and looks to defend her 2012 gold in the 100-m butterfly. Al Bello—Getty Images Michael Phelps, Swimming, USAThe most decorated Olympian of all time feels he still has something to prove. After his historic eight gold medals in 2008, Phelps struggled to find a life outside the pool. While his body carried him to six more medals in 2012, his mind wasn’t in it. He was arrested for drunk driving in 2014, leading to a stint in rehab––and a renewed sense of purpose. “I tried to bite off more than I could handle in 2012, but I want to be here now,” Phelps says. Now engaged, with a nearly 3-month-old son, Phelps sees Rio as a chance to bring his soul back to swimming; he’ll race in the 100-m and 200-m fly and the 200-m individual medley as well as some relays. Expect these Games to bring his storybook career to a fitting close. —A.P.
Al Bello—Getty Images Maya DiRado, Swimming, USADiRado will join Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky as the only U.S. swimmers to race in three individual events. The Stanford graduate will go head-to-head against reigning Olympic champion and teammate Missy Franklin in the 200-m backstroke. Orlin Wagner—AP Sam Mikulak, Gymnastics, USANewly recovered from an ankle injury that kept him out most of the season, he’s the U.S.’s best hope in the men’s all-around but faces stiff competition from China and Japan. Maddie Meyer—Getty Images Ashleigh Johnson, Water Polo, USAJohnson, a rangy goalkeeper who learned the game at a Miami-area community pool, will be the first black American woman to compete in Olympic water polo. The favored U.S. team owns every major title in the sport. Harry How—Getty Images Lin Dan, Badminton, ChinaThe bad boy of badminton is aiming for his third gold in men’s singles. But “Super Dan,” 32, will face his perennial foe, Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei, who beat him in April. VCG/Getty Images Osea Kolinisau, Rugby, FijiKolinisau captains Fiji, the back-to-back world champs in rugby sevens, who are favored to win the sport’s first-ever gold. Much is riding on it: Fiji has never won an Olympic gold medal, and its rugby squad was announced by the Prime Minister. Dan Mullan—World Rugby/Getty Images David Rudisha, Track and Field, KenyaThe world-record holder in the 800 returns to defend his Olympic title. He holds six of the eight fastest times ever run in the event. Quinn Rooney—Getty Images Alex Morgan, Soccer, USAA semifinal-winning header at the London Games turned her into a superstar. One year after winning the World Cup, she leads a U.S. squad favored to win gold over France and Brazil. Thomas B. Shea—USA Today Sports/Reuters Meb Keflezighi, Track and Field, USAThe ageless Keflezighi, who won the first Boston Marathon after the 2013 bombings, will be a sentimental favorite in the Rio marathon. Kelvin Kuo—AP Om Yun Chol, Weightlifting, North KoreaNorth Korea’s pocket Hercules doesn’t get out much, but when he does he strikes gold. In London, the 5-ft. weight lifter clean and jerked three times his body weight, and is the 56-kg world champion three years running. Thomas B. Shea—USA Today Sports/Reuters Kohei Uchimura, Gymnastics, JapanTokyo’s summer heat has infiltrated the national training center, rendering bows a little sticky and dismounts a little slack. But Kohei Uchimura, the defending Olympic all-around title holder, lands his jumps with a panther poise that belies their caliber of diffi-culty. He does not appear to sweat.
Uchimura—who boasts six consecutive all-around world titles, double that of any other tumbler in history—is quite possibly the greatest male gymnast of all time. “With today’s scoring,” he says, “if you don’t move like a robot or a machine, you won’t get the points.”
But Uchimura also brings artistry to accuracy. The son of two gymnasts and brother to another, his destiny was set at the age of 3, when he began tumbling at his parents’ gym in the southern city of Nagasaki. Today at 27, he might seem geriatric in the callow world of gymnastics. Uchimura, though, considers himself to be at “peak form” for Rio, where he hopes to not only defend his individual all-around title but also lead Team Japan past its Chinese rivals, who have dominated the past two Olympics. Not that Uchimura plans to bow out at Rio. After all, the next Summer Games are in Tokyo. —Hannah Beech Russell Cheyne—Reuters Simone Biles, Gymnastics, USA–
Expectations are sky-high for the U.S. women’s gymnastics team in Rio, and a key reason is the 4 ft. 8 in. 19-year-old from Texas. Although Biles will be competing in her first Olympics, she’s the hands-down gold medal favorite in the all-around. Among the reasons: she can execute moves too challenging for even her elite rivals, combining rare power, skill and a preternatural comfort in the air. Expect the three-time world all-around champion to add more than a few Olympic medals to her impressive collection. Phil Noble—Reuters Gwen Jorgensen, Track and Field, USAA former tax accountant at Ernst & Young, Jorgensen is the only U.S. woman to win back-to-back world titles and is the runaway favorite for gold. Kamil Krzaczynski—USA Today Sports/Reuters Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Track and Field, JamaicaUsain Bolt may steal Jamaica’s sprinting spotlight, but Fraser-Pryce deserves her due: no woman has won three straight 100-m Olympic golds, a feat Fraser-Pryce can accomplish in Rio. David J. Phillip—AP Genzebe Dibaba, Track and Field, EthiopiaThe 2015 track athlete of the year set a world record in the 1,500 m and is the heavy Olympic favorite. But is she too good to be true? In June, her coach was arrested in a doping raid. Andy Lyons—Getty Images Caster Semenya has signed up to play with a South African soccer team. Getty Images Cate and Bronte Campbell, Swimming, AustraliaAfter swimming together in the London Olympics, the Campbell sisters have their sights set on a more impressive goal in Rio: becoming the first siblings to share the Olympic podium in an individual swimming race.
No brother or sister pair has ever done it. But there’s reason to think Cate, 24, and Bronte, 22, have a shot. They earned their country’s two spots in the 100-m freestyle by racing the clock—and each other—to the wall in record time. Cate recorded the fastest time in the world this year, and Bronte clocked a time that bests the U.S. record.
Being sisters hasn’t curbed their ambition, both say, although Cate joked to Australian reporters that “sometimes I think I would prefer if we swam a different stroke.” Their mother was a synchronized swimmer and introduced the siblings to the water early, soon after they were born, in Malawi. The girls logged laps in Lake Malawi, in sight of hippos and crocs, before immigrating to Australia in 2001.
At the 2015 world champion-ships, the Campbells finished first and third in the 100-m -freestyle. Soon the sisters, who already share a coach and a home, may also share Olympic history. —A.P. Stefan Wermuth—Reuters Laszlo Cseh, Swimming, HungaryHe’s the reigning world champ in the 200-m fly but has yet to earn an Olympic gold. For that to change in Rio, the Hungarian will have to beat Michael Phelps and reigning Olympic champion Chad le Clos to the wall. Alexander Nemenov—AFP/Getty Images Sarah Sjostrom, Swimming, SwedenThe 100-m-butterfly favorite is hoping to be the first woman to win an Olympic swimming gold for her country. Michael Dalder—Reuters Adeline Gray, Wrestling, USAA three-time world champion and daughter of a Denver police officer, Gray, 25, is a favorite to win America’s first-ever gold in women’s wrestling. “Where I feel creative,” she says, “is on the wrestling mat.” Geoff Burke—USA Today Sports/Reuters Kayla Harrison, Judo, USAAmerica’s first judo gold medalist, in London, could repeat––and may follow ex–training partner Ronda Rousey into MMA. Felipe Dana—AP Molly Huddle, Track and Field, USAHuddle won both the 5,000 m and 10,000 m at U.S. trials, but will only run the 10,000 in Rio, where she could be just the third American woman to medal in that event. Christian Petersen—Getty Images English Gardner, Track and Field, USAAfter tearing her knee in a high school powder-puff-football game, Gardner thought she’d never race again. She’s now the fastest woman in the U.S. and a 100-m threat. Eduardo Munoz—Reuters Ren Qian, Diving, ChinaOn Feb. 21, one day after turning 15, Ren Qian walked to the edge of a platform in Rio de Janeiro and plunged the equivalent of a three-story building. Delivering a back 21-2 somersault and a half twist, the young diver slid into the pool with barely a ripple. The judges awarded Ren a perfect 10, cementing her victory in the 10-m platform diving World Cup event and establishing her as the latest in a line of Chinese diving prodigies cultivated by the state. “They must start between the ages of 3 to 4,” says Yu Lianming, who has coached top divers for decades in China’s vast network of state-run sports schools.
When Ren returns to Brazil in August, she’ll be the prohibitive favorite in the high dive—and a critical part of a 13--person Chinese squad that has the talent to sweep the Olympic diving golds. (China won all but two in London in 2012.) In a sport in which American women are no threat to medal, the crop-haired athlete’s toughest competition comes from her compatriots. —H.B. Vaughn Ridley—Getty Images Neymar, Soccer, BrazilIn Brazil, the pain of the 2014 World Cup still sears. Germany embarrassed the host country, 7-1, in the semi-finals, sparking a national mourning period that hasn’t ended. “We will never forget,” says Rio resident Sergio Duarte. “We cannot forgive.”
Winning Brazil’s first-ever Olympic soccer gold won’t erase that hurtful memory. But in this soccer-mad nation, a home-field triumph would go a long way toward purging the ghosts. Much of the burden for that falls on Neymar, the Barcelona star who will be Brazil’s face of the Games. Considered a potential heir to Pelé, he missed the World Cup disgrace with fractured vertebrae. Should he lead Brazil past defending champion Mexico and deliver gold in Rio, it will be more than redemption. Brazil will cheer its favorite game again, and Neymar will solidify his legend. —Sean Gregory
Jean Catuffe—Getty Images Carlin Isles, Rugby, USAThe former football and track star stumbled across an online video of rugby in 2012 and decided to try the sport. He’s now regarded as the fastest man in the game, which is back in the Olympics after 92 years. Thanks to crossover athletes like Isles and New England Patriot Nate Ebner, the U.S. has a real shot at the podium in the speedier version of the game, known as rugby sevens. Ethan Miller—Getty Images Billy Besson, Marie Riou, Sailing, FranceSailing will debut a mixed event in Rio using a catamaran that seems to fly above the water. The biggest hurdle for this French pair, who have won four straight world titles, may be Rio’s polluted Guanabara Bay.
Mick Anderson—SAILINGPIX/Getty Images Jordan Burroughs, Wrestling, USAWrestling: The Olympics always bring surprises, but the Camden, N.J., native is a safe bet to win a second straight gold: Burroughs is 24-1 in world and Olympic competition. Harry How—Getty Images Sarah Menezes, Judo, BrazilA gold medalist in London, Menezes could win the home team’s first gold in Rio, inspiring Saturday-night samba celebrations throughout Brazil. Buda Mendes—Getty Images Sun Yang, Swimming, ChinaThe first Chinese man to win Olympic gold in swimming slumped after 2012, falling out with his coach and failing a doping test. But he’s determined to defend his Olympic crowns in the 400-m and 1,500-m freestyle. Al Bello—Getty Images Oksana Chusovitina, Gymnastics, UzbekistanAt 41, she’s the oldest female Olympic gymnast ever, and she has a team gold and an individual silver medal to show for her six appearances at the Games. Her best chance for more hardware will be in the vault. Brian Snyder—Reuters David Boudia, Diving, USAThe defending Olympic champ in the 10-m platform almost quit diving but credits his wife and daughter with re-energizing his interest in the sport. Daniel Ochoa de Olza—AP Claressa Shields, Boxing, USAThe Flint, Mich., native won gold in the 165-lb. division in 2012 and is favored to do it again in Rio. Scott Heavey—Getty Images Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross, Beach Volleyball, USA
Americans Walsh Jennings and her longtime partner Misty May-Treanor won a record three Olympic golds in beach volleyball. But after May-Treanor retired, Walsh Jennings linked up with Ross, whom she beat in the 2012 gold medal match, in her quest for number four. To get it, they’ll have to outplay the elite Brazilians teams of Larissa and Talita, and Barbara and Agatha. The crowds for those matches on Copacabana Beach will be among the most raucous of the entire Games. “I love Brazil’s fans, even if they’re not rooting for me,” Walsh Jennings tells TIME. “They bring out our best.” Marcelo Del Pozo—Reuters Ibtihaj Muhammad, Fencing, USAMuhammad picked up fencing in eighth grade in part because the body-length attire accommodated her Muslim faith. The Duke grad will be the first American Olympian to compete in a hijab. Antonio Calanni—AP Katelin Snyder, Rowing, USAThe U.S. women’s eight-rowing squad has won every world title and Olympic gold medal since 2006. Snyder, the coxswain, is an Olympic rookie, but she’s guided four U.S. boats to world championships. Boris Streubel—Getty Images Kim Rhode, Shooting, USAWith a medal in skeet, Rhode, 37, would become the first woman to win medals in six straight Olympics. (Italian luger Armin Zöggeler did it on the men’s side.) Reed Saxon—AP Shang Chunsong, Gymnastics, ChinaSprite like on the uneven bars, she was China’s highest finisher in the all-around at the 2015 world championships—placing fourth—and could medal in Rio. Indranil Mukherjee—AFP/Getty Images U.S national team coordinator Martha Karolyi is a master at the calculation of the all-around. In making up a team, she balances the number of gymnasts who are proficient in all four events and can provide the U.S. the best chance of collecting medals in the all-around competition against the boost that a specialist can provide in the team event. In Rio, her lineup will pit world champion Simone Biles against the veterans Douglas, the reigning Olympic champion, and Raisman. The other Americans are less likely to contend. Madison Kocian is more proficient at bars and beam than at vault, for example, while Laurie Hernandez is a strong on all events but tends to have slightly lower difficulty values and therefore potentially lower scores than Douglas or Raisman. Read More: America’s Great Gymnasts on What Separates Simone Biles From Others The Individual Events
Even then, the gymnasts aren’t done. The eight gymnasts with the highest scores from the qualifying round from each event— again, limited to two per country — will compete again in the event finals. This is when the specialists get to shine––and often earn an Olympic medal.
So all told, top gymnasts like Biles could compete in the same routines as many as four times over nine days.
And if you’re still confused, don’t worry––because it will all change by the time the Tokyo Olympics kick off in 2020. For those Games, the gymnastics federation has decided that each country will field teams of only four athletes instead of five. We’ll have another cheat sheet ready for you then. In the meantime, enjoy this year’s action.