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downloadMonday was a rough day for the United States. The Americans were denied a gold medal Monday for the first time since the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

One of the slips cost U.S. gymnastics star Simone Biles gold on the balance beam. Biles lost her high power status after a blunder on the balance beam prevented her from a record-tying fourth gold in gymnastics at these games. Biles’ blunder allowed Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands to take the gold and Laurie Hernandez of the U.S. to slip past Biles for the silver.

“A couple of years ago I told my coach I’m too nervous! I can’t stand on the beam! Now, to be at the Olympics and to be able to have my own silver medal individually, I think that’s amazing ,” said Laurie Hernandez.

Tonight, Biles will go for gold medal number four again in the final women’s gymnastics competition: floor exercise.

The second slip came from sprinter Allyson Felix, who was just .07 seconds behind Shaunae Miller in the women’s 400 meters. The U.S. star missed out on her fifth Olympic gold medal. Miller, of the Bahamas, got ahead thanks to a head-first dive that came after a downpour forced a delay in the evening events and sent spectators scurrying for shelter.

“It’s bittersweet because it didn’t come the way I would’ve hoped, but I’ve just go to pick up the pieces,” said Felix.

The men’s and women’s basketball teams have been taking on all competition with force and vengeance. The women have taken a backseat to no one, outscoring their competition by a combined 204 points in five games. They are to face Japan this afternoon, and are favored to win by 38.5 points in this game. The American men, who haven’t not won with such great leads, are taking on Argentina tomorrow.

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