MyKayla Skinner earned her Olympic title.
Although the 24-year-old gymnast’s dreams of winning a medal in Tokyo were shattered, she was finally competent to compete in the Olympics. Skinner, who was selected as an individual rather than a member of the American team — made up of Simon Biles, Sunisa Lee, Jordan Chiles and Grace McCallum — did not qualify for any final event following competing on all four devices during Sunday’s qualifying round. . The Arizona native finished the overall race in 10th place with a whole score of 55,398.
Skinner, America’s oldest gymnast, will not be competent to compete for a medal on Thursday when the top 24 gymnasts (with highest cumulative individual scores) advance to the all-around individual final, which has a limit of two athletes per country. In addition to completing her Olympic career, Skinner’s gymnastics career also ended.
Regardless of the results in Tokyo, Skinner represented Team USA following years of not making the roster. At the 2012 Olympic Trials, she was not selected to compete. Then four years later, at the 2016 Rio Games, she was selected as a substitute but never had an official place on the team.
Speaking of the pride and love she has for her daughter, Kym Skinner told People that MyKayla will forever be a winner in her eyes following more than a decade of firm work and dedication to the sport.
“Watching MyKayla on the Olympic stage was shocking! She had the meet of her life but failed to qualify for the finals!” Kim says. “What an amazing career and journey. I never dreamed it would be an Olympic. Dreams come true.”
The elated parent adds, “MyKayla is a light to me and to someone who has never given up. As you close this chapter, a unused chapter is unfolding with so many amazing opportunities. Time heals!”
In the United States, the Skinner family held a viewing party for MyKayla with approximately 250 people in attendance. Athlete’s sister Chelsea organized and hosted a ‘marvelous’ evening where they celebrated MyKayla’s Olympic debut. (International spectators have been banned from attending the Tokyo Games due to COVID restrictions and protocols.)
“It was incredible watching MyKayla and the team surrounded by our family and so many friends. MyKayla has been a gymnast since she was 5 and has had the support of her community for her elite years starting when she was 11,” Kim tells People. “I can’t begin to tell you the amazing support our family has received from the many friends who have been on its journey. There are so many friends who wish they were there.”
After not qualifying, Skinner tweeted that she was “broken at heart” but deeply humbled and blessed by the amazing performance, adding the hashtag “#NeverGiveUp” in a succeed-up tweet.
Also Sunday, Biles shared a heartfelt message to Skinner, writing, “So elated of this guy. Nobody understands the firm work and dedication it takes to get back from team gymnastics and create an Olympic team. You did the damn thing! Thanks for keeping the gym light and fun! Love you! Oh Lady Olympian.”
On Tuesday, Skinner shared another message to fans. “Heartbroken is an understatement, but I’m elated of myself for getting here following all I’ve been through. I would have loved to tally my scores for the team and I would have loved competing in event finals but still doing some of my best gymnasts here as an Olympian and that’s something no one can take away Mona “.
“Gymnastics has not been considerate to me over the years, but I am grateful that I can set an example of never giving up and chasing your dreams no matter what. I am humbled by the experiences I have had and wish I can persevere to be a beacon to others fighting their own battles,” he continued. Skinner. “This is book closing about my gymnastics career, my only regrets were things out of my control. So no regrets 😊 For now I’ll just try to load the void in my heart. Your love and support means the world to me. Don’t be a stranger here or on my YouTube! Lots of fun stuff to come. Xoxo, MyKayla Skinner, OLY.”
After that, Skinner will sit next to TodayHoda Kotb during the women’s all-around finals on Tuesday.
To learn more about Team USA, visit TeamUSA.org. Watch the Tokyo Olympics now on NBC.