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Excellence, greatness and verve. These aptly describe Jordan Chiles as a par extraordinaire gymnast and a human being. In the world of collegiate gymnastics, Jordan Chiles is a name that is as reverberative as Simone Biles. Chiles is best known as the half of the dynamic duo, ‘Biles and Chiles’, famously trained by her best friend and the GOAT Simone Biles. During training, she got a slight shoulder injury, which led her to skip the Winter Cup in 2024. 

When injury sidelines a talented athlete like Jordan Chiles from NCAA matches, the absence is felt by the team and loved ones, as seen through the eyes of her mother. Recently, through a social media post her mother offered heartfelt appreciation to the players who continue to inspire and compete at LSU. Most watchful mother of the year award goes to Jordan Chiles’ mommy dearest? 

Embracing distance: A mother’s reflection on absence and celebrating victories from afar

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On the recent win of the 2024 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championship that concluded on Saturday Jordan Chiles’ mother made an honest confession through X on her official account,NCAA’s was so fun! It was fun because I didn’t have my kid in the meet. No nerves.  Cheering for everyone probably made me look insane but I was team everyone today. Congratulations to LSU – they really did that and  I’m especially proud of Cal.” Jordan Chiles, who has two UCLA titles and previous excellent performances in the NCAA, has truly made her mother miss her in the 2024 NCAA Women’s Gymnastic event. 

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Jordan revealed that her minor shoulder injury from training will keep her away from competing in Louisville from February 23 to 25. Chiles herself wrote on X,I tweaked my shoulder which has prevented me from training at the level I am comfortable with leading up to a competition. At the advice of my (doctors) and coaches, I have decided it is best to pull out of the Winter Cup.”

Though her daughter was not present, she watched the NCAA events and didn’t hesitate to congratulate and root for the winning team. She extended heartfelt congratulations to LSU for their outstanding performance, while also expressing pride in Cal’s achievements during the event. With Chiles’s determination and resilience, she is poised for a strong comeback that promises to inspire and captivate audiences once again.

Jordan Chiles’ journey to a powerful bounce back

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Jordan Chiles represented the United States in the Tokyo Olympics, won a silver medal in the event. She’s been a member of the United States women’s national gymnastics team since 2013. By the time she missed too many matches, she’s now older, wiser, and has the wherewithall to bounce back on the beam, as she’s ready for the return trip to the Olympics. I really pushed myself to a limit where I was just drained at the end,” she said in an interview last October in the Pan American Games. She further said,Okay, I did it in ’21, it should be an easier way for ’24.” 

After completing her spring quarter at UCLA in June, Jordan Chiles plans to return to her elite coaches, Laurent Landi and Cecile Canqueteau-Landi, at the World Champions Centre in Spring, Texas. This move signifies her dedication to continuing her gymnastics journey at the highest level under the guidance of experienced mentors. Jordan Chiles is set to train at the World Champions Centre in Spring, Texas, in preparation for the 2024 Paris Olympics.