Gymnast MyKayla Skinner Wins First Olympic Medal in Glorious Comeback - E! Online

Gymnast MyKayla Skinner Wins First Olympic Medal in Glorious Comeback

8/1/2021 7:34:00 PM

Gymnast MyKayla Skinner Wins First Olympic Medal in Glorious Comeback

Gymnast MyKayla Skinner's Olympic dream was almost over. Then circumstances changed, and she was given a chance at a comeback...and what a comeback it was!

Jonas Harmerwrote on Instagram. "She set off on the Olympic route again 2 years ago chasing unfinished business from Rio 2016 and I've never seen more resilience in a human being. The world has no idea all that this girl has been through."

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The Arizona native's road to the Tokyo Olympics was not easy. MyKayla, who is also a University of Utah gymnast, failed to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics and was made an was an alternate for Team USA at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She toldNBC Sports

last year that "being an alternate is probably the hardest thing I've ever had to do in gymnastics. The whole time I was in Rio, I probably cried every single night."Over the past year, MyKayla also suffered health problems. Last December, she injured her Achilles and month later, she contracted headtopics.com

and was later hospitalized with coronavirus-related pneumonia.Earlier this month, MyKayla announced onInstagram, "The Olympics will be my last gymnastics competition before I officially retire." Last weekend, the gymnast competed as an Olympian for the first time in the qualifying round at the Tokyo Olympics, competing as an individual, but did not rank high enough to continue to the finals.

"Heartbroken is an understatement, but I am proud of myself for getting here after everything I've been through," she wrote on Instagram at the time. "This is closing the book on my gymnastics career, and my only regrets were things outside my control. So no regrets."

She added on Twitter, "#NeverGiveUp."In his Instagram post, MyKayla's husband wrote, "The medal wasn't won tonight, but was won every morning when she got up and went to practice even though all parts of her body hurt. It was won every moment she didn't give up despite injuries, illness, postponement, and every setback in the books. You see the medal, but don't see MyKayla with ice packs on her body every night before bed or tears in her eyes every time something came up and she had to ask 'is this it.'"

Jonas added, "Words can't describe how much she inspires and motivates me and how proud I am of her. For now I am excited to finally enjoy some alone time with my wife… Gymnastics has had its fair share for long enough now...I love you MyKayla!" headtopics.com

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MyKayla responded, "Awe baby!!! Couldn't have won this medal without you. Can't wait to come home and see you. I just wanna give you the biggest hug. You have put your life on hold for me and have done everything to support me. I'm one lucky girl...love u babe!"

She also wrote on her Instagram Story, "I love you babe. Couldn't have asked for a better husband," adding a red heart emoji.See photos of MyKayla's journey at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics:LOIC VENANCE/AFP via Getty ImagesGymnast FriendsMyKayla appears with teammate and Olympic champion

Simone Bilesafter a training session days before the start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.MARTIN BUREAU/AFP via Getty ImagesOlympic Dream Shattered? Not QuiteMyKayla competes in the women's gymnastics qualifying event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She did not rank high enough to continue to the finals. Her Olympic dream looked to be all but over. But a week later, teammate

Simone Bileswithdrew from the vault final and MyKayla took her place for a chance at a comeback.LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP via Getty ImagesAirborneMyKayla competes in the women's gymnastics vault final at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.LOIC VENANCE/AFP via Getty Images headtopics.com

Well DoneMyKayla lands as she competes in the women's gymnastics vault final at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP via Getty ImagesShe Did It!MyKayla wins a silver medal at the women's gymnastics vault final at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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MyKayla Skinner's Olympic Dream Not Over: Gymnast to Replace Simone Biles After She Exits More Events - E! OnlineSimone Biles has withdrawn from two more Olympic women's gymnastics finals, leaving a spot open for fellow U.S. gymnast MyKayla Skinner, who thought her career had ended. She should have thought this through before going to the competition! With all due respect, I’m pleading to you guys to help donate any amount you can to save a life! Ref : SaveWilliams Please retweet for me MattGaetzIsARapist Simone quit on her team and continues to quit on her team. The real heros are the other members of the team…not Simone. She should be sent home. Nothing but a distraction to those actually doing work…shameful. “Mental health”…yeah, ok.

MyKayla Skinner Goes From Sub To Silver Medal Winner In Olympic VaultThe veteran gymnast thought her Olympic dreams were over before she got a second chance because of Simone Biles' withdrawal.

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How a message from Simone Biles helped MyKayla Skinner win her silver medalAfter Biles withdrew from another event, she immediately told USA Gymnastics to tell Skinner to stick around in Tokyo. Skinner made the most of the opportunity.

MyKayla Skinner, the gymnast replacing Simone Biles in vault for Team USAThe Arizona gymnast won silver in vault at the 2021 U.S. National Championships, finishing behind Simone Biles.

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