‘Killed It’: Raising the Heat for Simone Biles, Not Shilese Jones but Another Gymnast Rises Through the Ranks at World Artistic Gymnastics Selection Camp

Published 09/20/2023, 8:20 AM EDT

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On September 19th evening, the excitement in the air was palpable as the US gymnastics trials camp unfolded. Simone Biles, a legend, has already set the bar high after clinching her eighth title in the last championship. However, amid this anticipation, another American gymnast captured the hearts of fans at the 2023 selection camp. No, it’s not Shilese or Simone again.

A recent Instagram clip showcasing snippets of this 18-year-old prodigy’s beautifully executed and skillful moves has set the gymnastics world on fire. This brief viral reel has left fans and spectators in awe, and the comment section is overflowing with roaring applause and excited screams as they anticipate seeing her shine in the upcoming 2024 Olympics Paris championship. Who is she?

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It’s Skye Blakely who is making waves in the gymnastics community with her remarkable routine. On September 20th, right after the first day of the championship trials, the “USAGYM” took to their social media handle and dropped a bombshell reel. A few-second reel showcases Skye Blakely’s jaw-dropping turns, and twists routine, including that remarkable standing full twisting backflip. The caption accompanying the reel read, “OKAY SKYE! @skyeblakely with a 14.350 on Balance Beam at the Women’s Selection Camp Competition!”


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Skye Blakely, born on August 4, 2005, in Kansas City, Missouri, began her gymnastics journey at an early age. With dedication and relentless training, she quickly made a name for herself in the gymnastics world. However, it was this recent social media post that catapulted her to stardom. The clip showcased her extraordinary talent, leaving viewers spellbound. Along with this, fans, in a frenzy of excitement, flooded the comment section with heartfelt messages.


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Fans reacting to Skye Blakely’s stellar performance


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The fan reactions to Skye Blakely’s performance are nothing short of ecstatic. One fan exclaimed, “Well, that was #fetch,” while another praised her wolf turn, saying, “That wolf turn spotting (emoji) Great routine!” The collective enthusiasm and admiration from fans reflected the impact Skye Blakely has made in the gymnastics world.

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Moreover, supporters couldn’t contain their excitement, stating, “Ohhhhh boy, this is a good one.” Another enthusiast cheered with enthusiasm, “Yes! Yes!! Yes!!! Let’s go.” Commenting on her flawless routine, a fan gushed, “Yessssss Skye!!! Beautiful routine!!!!!”


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And perhaps the most expressive of all, a fan exclaimed, “Damnnnn, she killed that.” These reactions capture the essence of Skye Blakely’s impact at the World Artistic Gymnastics Selection Camp. Her electrifying routine has not only earned her fans but also ignited hopes for her bright future in the world of gymnastics.


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Harshita Chawla


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Harshita Chawla is a US Sports writer at Essentially Sports. Having contributed to college magazine as a sports writer, she comes with a staunch knowledge in content creation for the sports industry. Along with this, Harshita is a huge fan of Gymnastics queen Simone Biles and has a penchant for writing about her favorite athlete.
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