MyKayla Skinner elevated to replace Simone Biles in Olympic vault final

Jeff Metcalfe
Arizona Republic

TOKYO — Simone Biles withdrew from Olympic women's gymnastics vaulting and uneven bars finals Saturday. 

MyKayla Skinner of Gilbert will replace Biles in the vault final Sunday.

Biles still is being evaluated by a medical staff to determine if she is able to compete in floor exercise and balance beam finals.

Skinner’s coach Lisa Spini said Friday that she and Skinner were “going to leave but were asked to stay” after Biles dropped out of the team final Tuesday.

Biles also did not compete in the all-around final, replaced by Jade Carey, who finished eighth.

In qualifying July 25, Skinner was fourth on vault (14.866) but behind Biles (15.183) and Carey (15.166). The 24-year-old did not make the eight-woman final based on a limitation of two per country.

“She is doing really well in training,” Spini said. “Her vaults in qualifying were not her best.

“This wouldn’t be exactly how you want to get an opportunity, but you take it. Her first dream was to be an Olympian and her second was to medal.”

Jul 25, 2021; Tokyo, Japan; MyKayla Skinner (USA) competes on the vault in the womens gymnastics qualifications during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre.

Skinner of Gilbert/Desert Lights was a 2016 Olympic alternate who did not compete in Rio. She qualified for Tokyo through U.S. Championships and the Olympic Trials as an individual specialist.

Carey, from Phoenix/Arizona Sunrays, qualified for Tokyo via the Apparatus World Cup Series (2018-20). She is a medal contender in the vault and floor exercise finals.

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