After Simone Biles withdrew from two more gymnastics events in the Tokyo Olympics, USA Gymnastics announced that MyKayla Skinner and Jade Carey will compete in the vault finals.
Skinner will get another shot at competing after what seemed like a heartbreaking end to her Olympic journey.
The 24-year-old gymnast and oldest member of the United States’ women’s team competed as an Olympian for the first time during the qualifying round early on in Tokyo but narrowly missed her chance at continuing in the Games. She had the fourth-best score in qualifying but was denied the opportunity to advance to the eight-woman final because only two athletes from any country are allowed in the final, and Biles and Jade Carey both finished ahead of her.
“Heart broken,” Skinner wrote on Twitter at the time, “but feeling sooo humbled and blessed for the amazing performance I had tonight! You have all brought me to tears thanks for being my biggest cheerleaders! Love u all [kiss emoji] xoxo myk.”
Carey, who was already expected to compete in the event, is no stranger to stepping up with Biles out of competition during the Games.
After Biles exited from the team final and individual all-around final at the Olympics earlier this week, Carey took her spot in the all-around, where she finished eighth.
Melanie de Jesus Dos Santos of France will replace Biles in the uneven bars. Two Russians scored higher than she did but cannot advance because two of their teammates qualified ahead of them.
On Friday, Biles formally withdrew from the vault and uneven bars. Though she said she will continue to evaluate whether or not she will compete in the floor and balance beam finals.
“We remain in awe of Simone, who continues to handle this situation with courage and grace, and all of the athletes who have stepped up during these unexpected circumstances,” USA Gymnastics wrote on Twitter.
In a series of Instagram Stories Friday, Biles explained she has previously experienced “the twisties,” which usually take about two weeks for her to get over.
Biles emphasized her “mind and body” are out of sync — a “petrifying” experience.
“I don’t think you realize how dangerous this is on hard/competition surface,” Biles said. “Nor do I have to explain why I put health first … Physical health is mental health.”
In 2016, Biles won gold in both the vault and floor exercise, along with a bronze medal in the balance beam (she did not qualify for the uneven bars).
Here are the remaining events left in women’s gymnastics:
- Event finals for women’s vault and women’s uneven bars: Sunday, Aug. 1, 3 a.m. CT (Stream)
- Event finals for women’s floor exercise: Monday, Aug. 2, 3 a.m. CT (Stream)
- Event finals for women’s balance beam: Tuesday, Aug. 3, 3 a.m. CT (Stream)
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