Anyone care to expound on why Spencer keeps saying the floor order is interesting? I don't know enough to understand. For reference, this was the order in training: FLOOR: Hurd, McCallum, McCusker, Biles Then he says this: "Hurd is looking excellent today. No shades of the iffy performance from selection. Interesting that she’s up first in these lineups." and "What’s going to be interesting for the US is that they seem to be going with a “Hurd is our leadoff” in qualification, but she’ll need to be in the final three on most of these events in the team final, especially based on what we’ve seen today." and then finally "Interesting floor order."
I believe the thought process is that the first one up is generally the weakest one and will get the lowest score. And often, the first one up in qualifications will not be used in the team final. However, the other thought process is to send up someone strong who will hit the routine and start off the event strong for everyone else to follow. Scores sometimes have a tendency to build during the rotation so if Hurd goes up first, it might hurt her slightly score wise which could play into who competes in the all-around final.
It looked like at least going into qualifying that Ragan is possibly the alternate. She was fifth to go in every apparatus. It’s possible that the first four are who they are considering using for TF and then whoever went last was the one they aren’t going to use. Ragan was the only one whose position didn’t change in the lineup.
Just to add to this, each team only gets two coaches on the floor for qualifying and team finals(gymnast can have their personal coach with them for event or AA finals) Usually the head coach is the coach of the strongest gymnast, in this case of course Simone, so it’s Laurent. Second coach usually gymnast contributing second most to team. This would have been close going in between Riley and Morgan. But since Laurent is already on, second coach needs to be a woman. Morgan’s main coach is a man(Slavs) so second coach on floor is Laurie. So any of the other girls needing spots would need to get it from Laurent or Laurie.