The move was controversial, since Hernandez finished second to Biles at the all-around competition in Olympic trials. But on Monday, USA Today reported that a pulled abdominal muscle at least partly contributed to the decision of having Hernandez sit out the uneven bars.
“Always we have to take tough decisions, unfortunately,” Karolyi said, according to the paper. “If I looked at the two girls, Aly showed more difficulty in her gymnastics and she was in her very best shape. It came down to that event.”
Still, Hernandez has a chance at a medal at the balance beam final on Aug. 15. Watch her impressive skills on the beam in the video above.
Here’s The Dazzling Beam Routine That Got Laurie Hernandez To Finals
11 Of The Greatest Latino Olympians Of All Time
Ramón "El Nunca Segundo" Fonst Segundo, Cuba
At the 1900 Paris Olympics, <a href="https://books.google.com/books?id=k186e30BHmgC&pg=PT424&lpg=PT424&dq=first+latino+ramon+fonst&source=bl&ots=UVKXeHZN11&sig=7N86_lnoEQrFV2x4cDtk1X4-HMI&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi92_iUlqHOAhUILSYKHWhEBwcQ6AEIVTAJ#v=onepage&q=first%20latino%20ramon%20fonst&f=false" target="_blank">17-year-old Fonst</a> won the gold medal in Fencing (épée individual men) and <a href="http://library.miami.edu/chc/2012/08/13/cubas-olympic-history/" target="_blank">became the first ever Latin-American to win a medal at the games.</a> The Cuban athlete went on to win<a href="https://www.olympic.org/ramon-fonst" target="_blank"> three more gold medals at the 1904 St. Louis Olympics</a>.
Cuban Heritage Collection/ University of Miami Libraries