Aly Raisman is the elder statesman of the U.S. women's gymnastics team.
She snatched another gold in last year's worlds ahead of Douglas, and the 2013 and 2014 world titles as her rival took time off after the London Games.
Yes, Douglas wasn't crisp on beam either night in San Jose.
Douglas and Raisman, victor of floor gold in London, are the only two US gymnasts from the 2012 Games, with the former selected despite struggling in US Olympic trials.
The U.S. cruised past Russian Federation four years ago in London, and have become a juggernaut since, utterly dominating the leaderboard in Sunday's prelims.
Douglas backers unloaded on social media.
Still, it's clear the public criticism grates on Douglas.
"I keep getting that question", saidGabby Douglas, the 2012 Olympic all-around champion. "I'm pretty pleased with everything overall, and I'm still rejoicing because there's nothing to be ashamed about". Raisman was next. About halfway through her routine, she lost her balance, wobbled and almost fell off the beam.
Onyshko will also compete in the balance beam final after her score of 14.533 was enough to squeak into the final spot after Raisman and Douglas, the third and fourth best Americans in the event, were eliminated due to the two-competitor-per-country rule.
"I think it's cute, but that's not going to be our name", Raisman said.
"He just carries himself very well and we all look up to him because he's a normal human being like the rest of us but he's done so much". In 2012, she unexpectedly beat out the reigning world champion and all-around favorite Jordyn Wieber to get the second spot in the all-around final.
Their victory also means that their USA women's gymnastics teammateGabby Douglas will not be competing in the all-around, since only two athletes per country are allowed to compete. Karolyi believes it can happen again.
"I know Gabby for many years", Karolyi said.
"So that always just helped me calm me down... 'Cause she's very precise".
"I feel she's ready to compete".
"My expectations are higher for you than anyone else's", she said. Perhaps that's part of the reason why Douglas took Sunday's setback so well. But before they go before the judges, the gymnasts get to practice at the Olympic Arena in a session called podium training.
"It's not really feeling any different (than in London)", Douglas said.
It's a sense of urgency that Douglas has long thrived on. While each has their strengths, the truth is the USA has few weaknesses.
Added Gabby Douglas, the "tallest" of the group at a little over 5-2, added, "It's just amusing". The stakes are that high in her first Olympic Games. It's likely that in Rio she'll only compete on bars, so one of her teammates will have to sit this rotation out. That doesn't mean it's easy.