Now her chosen few are the favorite to win the team gold, in this, Karolyi’s final year in charge.
They also are talented enough to win several — if not all — of the gold medals in the four individual events in Rio, as well as the all-around title.
Her performance at the trials was shaky — she was seventh in the all-around — but she was given a spot on the team anyway, with expectations that she will help the United States on the uneven bars, her specialty.
She cut back her portions of food, ate healthier and did simple moves in the gym: box jumps, toe raises, handstands on the uneven bars, punch front flips and handspring after handspring.
But after struggling at the trials this weekend — she fell off the balance beam each night of the two-night event — she said she wished she had been more focused on her training, much earlier in the process.