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Is Kathy Johnson Clarke right to slam MyKayla Skinner, or is she being too harsh?

The gymnastics community is on fire with controversy following MyKayla Skinner’s outspoken comments, “I feel like the talent and the depth just isn’t what it used to be. I mean, obviously, a lot of girls don’t work as hard. The girls just don’t have the work ethic.” These words ignited a debate after Skinner expressed criticism and regret during a YouTube watch party following the U.S. Gymnastics Trials. Meanwhile, as Simone Biles, Suni Lee, Jordan Chiles, Jade Carey, and Hezly Rivera are selected to represent USA gymnastics at the Olympics, Skinner pointed out what she perceives as a decline in both talent and work ethic among current gymnasts compared to previous eras.

MyKayla Skinner’s reflections were further fueled by the unfortunate injuries suffered by Skye Blakely, Shilese Jones, and Kayla DiCello during the trials, leading her to express a desire for a potential comeback this year. “Not saying anything to the girls that got injured, but if I could come back, I think I would be able to do it. And I think I probably could’ve made that Olympic team.” Now, the controversy has also prompted a response from former U.S. gymnastics legend Kathy Johnson, adding to the ongoing discussion about Skinner’s statements.

Kathy Johnson tweeted on X, advising, “My advice is to focus on all the positive and special aspects of the Five Phoenixes. Let the unpleasant ‘turd’ lie in its own stinkiness. If the owner won’t clean it up after being asked, acknowledge it for what it is and avoid it. If you’ve encountered it, wash it off.

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She further urged, “Dear Gymternet, please refrain from giving attention to divisive nonsense. It only fuels the fire further. Channel your passionate energy towards promoting positivity, maturity, and growth. Be your best!”However, her remarks did not go unnoticed by the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team. Since making these comments, MyKayla Skinner has faced significant backlash from prominent figures in gymnastics, including criticism from Simone Biles and Jordan Chiles’ mother.

Simone Biles’ cryptic message sparks discussion about MyKayla Skinner’s comment

Simone Biles recently shared a cryptic message on social media, seemingly aimed at MyKayla Skinner’s comment. Biles’ post, “Not everyone needs a mic and a platform,” sparked speculation among fans, interpreting it as a veiled reference to Skinner’s podcast, ‘Agree to Disagree’. Interestingly, Skinner, who dedicated her silver medal at Tokyo to Biles, highlighting her profound impact on her career, responded to the controversy.

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Even Gina, Jordan Chiles’s mother added on X, “She really said that out loud and posted it. That’s something…” Such a statement coming from Chiles’ mother goes on to depict how unexpected the comments were. However, on July 3, 2024, Skinner clarified her remarks on Instagram, emphasizing her respect and support for the current gymnastics team while reflecting on changes in training approaches since the era of Marta Karolyi.

Skinner’s video statement aimed to clear up misunderstandings, asserting her admiration for the athletes who made the team for Paris, despite differences in training environments over the years. What is your take on this?