“Doing This One for Her”- MyKayla Skinner Had Dedicated Her Olympic Medal to Simone Biles During Tokyo Olympics

Published 05/10/2022, 8:00 AM EDT
October 1, 2019, Stuttgart, Germany: SIMONE BILES and MYKAYLA SKINNER share a laugh during the podium training in the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart, Germany. (Credit Image: © Amy Sanderson/ZUMA Wire) (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)

Simone Biles has been an inspiration to hundreds of people who were going through mental health issues in the last year. She spoke about the same, bringing it to light and encouraging others to prioritize themselves. She also inspired her teammate, MyKayla Skinner, at the same time.

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Skinner revealed that she was about to leave the Olympics when Simone Biles stepped down. Biles suffered from a case of the ‘twisties’, something that can prove lethal for gymnasts. She did not want to risk her physical and mental health, so she withdrew from all individual competitions.

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This opened a chance for MyKayla to step up. She knew she had to do this not just for herself but for Simone as well, who put her trust in MyKayla. Therefore, she went out on the mat one last time to prove just why she was one of America’s top gymnasts.

MyKayla Skinner dedicated her Olympic medal to Simone Biles

At the Tokyo Olympics 2020, Skinner failed to qualify for the individual all-around or apparatus finals. A disheartened MyKayla announced her retirement from the sport and was about to leave her last and final Olympics. She did not expect then that something like this would happen, which would allow her to participate.

As Biles stepped down, MyKayla had enough points and qualified for the next round. She took this challenge head-on and went to perform a routine that earned her a silver medal. Notably, her final points stood at 14.916. Notably, when she stood on the podium, she dedicated the medal to her fellow gymnast, Simone Biles.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Gymnastics Artistic Training – Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Tokyo, Japan – July 22, 2021 Mykayla Skinner of the United States and Simone Biles of the United States pose for a photograph during training REUTERS/Mike Blake

“I dedicate this medal to Simone. I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for her,” she said, “I told her I would be doing this one for her. She said, ‘don’t do it for me, do it for yourself’, so technically it’s for all of us.” 

Simone’s withdrawal gave MyKayla one last chance to redeem herself. As she went on the mat to represent Team US, Biles lovingly cheered her on from the stands, a mark of the spirit of sportsmanship.

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MyKayla Skinner announces retirement

After winning a silver medal at the Tokyo Summer Olympics, she announced that she would quit elite gymnastics. Previously, she had retired from collegiate gymnastics to focus on her Olympic career.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Gymnastics – Artistic – Women’s Vault – Medal Ceremony – Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Silver medallist Mykayla Skinner of the United States poses with her medal in front of the olympic rings. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson

However, the champion gymnast revealed that her body requires rest, and it was time for her to say goodbye to elite gymnastics. She announced her retirement and decided to focus on completing her college degree.

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Richa Goswami

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Richa Goswami is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. As an adherent learner, she uses her journalistic persona to navigate through new skills. Richa has completed her schooling at Don Bosco.

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