2020 Tokyo Olympics: McKayla Skinner Boldly Responds After Simone Biles’ Latest Withdrawals

by Anna Dunn

Olympic Gymnast MyKayla Skinner has to step up to the plate after Simone Biles had to withdrawal from more competitions in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Skinner was selected to go to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics separately from the team. She did not qualify for any event final, but now she has a shot at redemption.

“Looks like I get to put a competition Leo on just one more time. Can’t wait to compete in vault finals. Doing this for us @simonebiles [heart emoji] It’s go time baby!” she wrote in an Instagram post. This will be her only chance at a medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Skinner finally gets her shot at an Olympic Medal, but it’s in sad circumstances.

“[Biles] will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether to compete in the finals for floor exercise and balance beam,” gymnastics officials said in a statement. “MyKayla Skinner, who had the fourth-highest score in vault during qualifications, will compete in vault finals for the U.S. alongside Jade Carey, who finished with the second-highest score.”

It must be truly devastating for Biles not to be able to compete, but in doing so, doors have opened for new Gymnasts to try for medals. MyKayla’s mother spoke with People about the new opportunity.

“Simone must feel crushed that she can’t compete. But it opened up that opportunity for MyKayla,” Kym said. “MyKayla would just be on top of the world because she really wants a chance to get a medal.”

MyKayla and Biles are friends, and if her competition is anything like what happened at the all-around finals, Biles will be cheering on from the sidelines. Biles now has two eligible events left.

Simone Biles Had to Withdrawal From the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Due to a Case of the Twisties

Simone Biles had to withdrawal from the competitions because her mental health started to negatively impact her performance. In gymnastics, that can be deadly. Gymnasts can suffer from what’s called “the twisties,” which is when there’s a mental block midair, and it feels almost as if the mind is disconnected from the body.

Recently, Biles fired back at critics on Instagram. The gymnastics legend has faced harsh scrutiny over her decision, but also widespread praise and many messages of love.

“I don’t think you realize how dangerous this is on hard/competition surface,” Biles addressed critics in her Instagram story. “It’s honestly petrifying trying to do a skill but not having your mind & body in sync.”

“What’s even scarier is since I have no idea where I am in the air I also have NO idea how I’m going to land, or what I’m going to land on. Head/hands/feet/back,” she continued.

Hopefully, Biles recovers and continues to do what’s best for her safety. Gymnastics may look graceful, but it’s an incredibly dangerous sport.

And while Biles recovers, Skinner will step into the spotlight. The vault competition will begin on Sunday, August 1st at 4:52 am eastern standard time. If you, like most people, don’t want to wake up that early, you’ll be able to catch the competition later in the day on NBC.