Monday April 4th, 2016

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Three-time World all-around champion Simone Biles will open her 2016 campaign at the Pacific Rim Championships this weekend at the XFINITY Arena in Everett, Wash.

U.S.A. Gymnastics announced Aly Raisman, Maggie Nichols, Brenna Dowell, Laurie Hernandez and Ashton Locklear will join Biles in competition. Rasiman, Nichols and Dowell were members of the 2015 world championship squad as well.

Raisman, a member of the Fierce Five squad from the 2012 Olympics, finished in sixth place at the Jesolo Trophy Cup last month. Hernandez, who is just 15 years old, finished ahead of her in third place.

10 potential first-time U.S. Olympians to watch ahead of Rio 2016

Not on the squad for the Pac Rim Championships is Olympic champion Gabby Douglas, who has already started her year with victories in Jesolo and at the American Cup.

The 2016 U.S. Olympic team will be named after the P&G Championships (June 23-26) and Olympic Trials (July 8-10).

- Christopher Chavez

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