2016 Olympian Laura Zeng and five-time Pan American Games medalist Evita Griskenas will represent the United States individually in rhythmic gymnastics at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
The pair -- which earned the U.S. its quota spots with top-10 finishes in the all-around final at the 2019 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships -- went 1-2 at the 2021 USA Gymnastics Championships in St. Louis last weekend, earning their nominative spots.
Zeng finished first in the all-around with a score of 95.900 and had first-place finishes on the hoop, ball and ribbon. Griskenas scored 95.650 in the all-around and had the highest score on the clubs.
Zeng, 21, finished 11th at the the Rio Olympics and has competed at four world championships. Griskenas, 20, won the all-around gold medal at the 2019 Pan American Games.
For the first time ever an an Olympics, the U.S. will field a full rhythmic team -- two individuals and a group. Lili Mizuno, Camilla Feeley, Nicole Sladkov, Isabella Connor, Yelyzaveta Merenzon and Elizaveta Pletneva qualified for a Tokyo quota spot at the 2021 Pan American Championships, then earned their berths with a win in St. Louis.
The rhythmic gymnastics competition begins on Aug. 6 in Tokyo.