2020 Tokyo Olympics: MyKayla Skinner Opens Up About Simone Biles Returning to Compete in Balance Beam Individual Event

by Keeli Parkey

Good news sports fans! Simone Biles has announced that she plans to compete in the individual balance beam event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The competition will be her first time back competing after she withdrew from other events to focus on her mental well-being.

Needless to say, gymnastic fans and Team USA are very happy to see that Biles feels well enough to compete. One of the happiest people on Team USA is MyKayla Skinner – a teammate of Biles and a silver medalist in the women’s vault. Skinner had the chance to win that silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics because Biles withdrew from that event.

Skinner sat down with TODAY’s Hoda Kotb to share her thoughts on Simone Biles deciding to go for a medal in the balance beam competition at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“So excited,” Skinner said of the news.

“You’re her ride-or-die. You’re one of her besties,” Kotb said. “Were you surprised when you heard the news?”

Unsurprisingly, Skinner was surprised. As were many others.

“Um, a little bit. But honestly, I’ve been talking to her every single day,” Skinner also said. “And she’s, you know, kind of been like, ‘I think beam’s going to be the one.'”

Skinner is very happy for Biles. And she said she plans to be there to support her in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“So, I’m really excited for (Simone),” Skinner said. “I’m going to cheer her on so hard and just really hope that she can medal and just do the dismount of her life.”

MyKayla Skinner Shares Insight Into Preparations By Simone Biles for Beam at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

MyKayla Skinner also gave some insight into the preparations Simone Biles has done to prepare for the balance beam competition.

“I know that she’s been trying to work on different dismounts and figuring things out,” Skinner explained. “So, it’s going to be so cool. And I’m so happy for her.”

Kotb then asked Skinner why the beam would be the event Biles felt comfortable competing in. “Why would beam be the one? I think people are confused about which event and why. Why would it be the one?” Kotb wanted to know.

“Um, kind of with having twisties and being a gymnast, that’s definitely something you don’t want to go through. And, you know, beam you’re not really doing much twisting things. It’s more just skills,” Skinner also explained.

The significant “twisting thing” Simone Biles will have to do during her 2020 Tokyo Olympics beam competition is the dismount. However, Mykayla Skinner said she believes her teammate is ready.

“So, for her, the only this she has was the dismount. And so, she’s been able to work a double pike and try different things,” Skinner shared. “So, I think she’s going to go for that. That’s really good. So, no twisties for her, hopefully.”