MyKayla Skinner sends heartfelt message after Olympic run ends

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Gymnast MyKayla Skinner sent a heartfelt message to her fans and supporters on Sunday after failing to qualify for any event final on Sunday. Skinner said she was “heartbroken” but still felt “humble and blessed. “You have all brought me to tears,” Skinner tweeted. “Thanks for being my biggest cheerleaders!”

Teammate and friend Simone Biles also shared a message of support on Twitter. “You’re amazing, Ms. Olympian,” Biles wrote. Skinner competed on all four apparatuses — vault, uneven bars, floor exercise and beam — during the qualifying round and received a complete score of 55.398, placing her fourth among American competitors and 11th within the competition within the all-around. But just two gymnasts per country can advance to the finals in individual competition. Biles and Sunisa Lee placed first and second and can ultimately advance for the U.S. team for the all-around, balance beans and uneven bars. On vault, Skinner placed fourth within the world, but it had been behind Biles and Jade Carey, who scored first and second.

Skinner, along side Carey, was only competing in individual events, a recent move for the games which will be phased out for 2024, so she won’t be a part of the team events. Team USA, which placed a disappointing second within the qualifying rounds, is comprised of Biles, Lee, Jordan Chiles and beauty McCallum.

The 24-year-old was the oldest on her team, which Biles poked fun at during a tweet last week. “Little did you recognize , ‘OG’ means ‘Olympic Grandmas,” the 24-year-old Biles wrote, sharing an image of the 2 . Biles is simply three months younger than Skinner. Tokyo marked Skinner’s first Olympics. Skinner served as an alternate during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil despite placing fourth overall during U.S. Olympics trials. Following the 2016 games, she retired to specialise in her NCAA career at the University of Utah. Skinner, who was hospitalized earlier this year with COVID-19 and pneumonia, decided to return to elite gymnastics in 2019. It’s unclear what the longer term holds for Skinner, though she did share one follow-up tweet on Sunday with an easy message: Never hand over .

 

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