MyKayla Skinner had two dreams this summer. First, she wanted to make it to the 2021 Olympics. She accomplished that mission by winning an individual spot to represent Team USA in Tokyo.
His second goal was the medal at the Olympics. It seemed like that dream would not come true after she failed to qualify for any of the event’s finals at the Summer Games.
However, after Simone Biles pulled out of the jumping finals, Skinner got a second chance. He replaced Biles in the jumping competition as the best alternative and had the opportunity to compete for a medal.
It seems that I can put a competition on Leo just one more time. I can’t wait to compete in the vault finals. Doing this for us @Simone_Biles ❤️ Time to go baby!
– MyKayla Skinner (Harmer) (@mykaylaskinner) July 31, 2021
She gave up that opportunity.
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MyKayla Skinner wins silver medal in jumping
Skinner averaged 14,916 over his two jumps, including a 15,033 that surpassed the two numbers he scored during qualifying. Her performance was good enough to win the silver medal, and she was behind gold medal winner Rebeca Andrade by just under 0.2 points at the end of the competition.
Skinner’s top-three finish marked the third consecutive medal for Team USA in the women’s jump finals. McKayla Maroney won silver in 2012, while Simone Biles won gold in 2016.
Skinner, 24, was praised for her performance by her US teammates, and Suni Lee took the time to congratulate her “grandmother” on her achievement on Twitter.
The night was not so kind for Skinner’s American team counterpart, Jade Carey. The 21-year-old finished last in the jump finals after taking a wrong step on the way to her first jump. Still, surprisingly, he managed to land a Yurchenko fold while warding off injury and then performed a second high-quality vault. She will compete in the final of floor exercises on Monday.
Shallon Olsen of Canada finished just ahead of Carey. It achieved a score of 13,066 in its two vaults.
|2||MyKayla Skinner||United States||14,916|
|5||Angelina melnikova||Republic of China||14,683|
|Sixth||Liliia Akhaimova||Republic of China||14,666|
|Eighth||Jade carey||United States||12,416|
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Suni Lee wins bronze medal on uneven bars
The other American woman in action on Sunday was Suni Lee. Fresh off a gold medal in the women’s final, Lee was looking to win another medal on the uneven bars. The bars are considered Lee’s best event, which is why he was among the favorites heading into the fixture finals.
Lee had to sweat the last half of the competition. He posted a 14,500 on the bars, 0.7 points less than his 15,200 on the standings, after failing to connect on a couple of his skills. That lowered her score, and as a result, she saw two gymnasts, Lu Yufei from China and Elisabeth Seitz from Germany, reach 0.1 points from it.
Ultimately, however, Lee held out to win the bronze medal. The bronze marks his third medal of the Tokyo 2021 Olympics, as he won a silver in the team competition in addition to his overall gold. The 18-year-old will look to add another medal to her collection during the balance beam final on Tuesday.
Belgian Nina Derwael and ROC Anastasiia Iliankova won gold and silver respectively. Derwael’s victory marked the first Olympic medal of his career. She was previously a two-time uneven bars world champion.
|2||Anastasiia Iliankova||Republic of China||14,833|
|3||Suni lee||United States||14,500|
|Sixth||Melania de Jesus dos Santos||France||14,033|
|Eighth||Angelina melnikova||Republic of China||13,066|