While the Tokyo Olympics may have ended two weeks ago, the inspiring performance of Team USA’s women’s gymnastics team will continue for decades to come!
When top gymnast Simone Biles had to pull out of the team competition, all-around finals and most of her individual events, the keyboard warriors on social media thought it was the end of the line. for American gymnasts. The women quickly silenced the critics by putting on performances that will be talked about for years to come.
Jade Carey took a very different path to the Olympics than her teammates. She knew she was going to Tokyo before competing in the Olympic trials. She earned her spot through what’s called the Apparatus World Cup Series and that meant whether or not she qualified for the squad of four, she could compete in each individual event. To bypass the American gymnastics selection process? It takes courage!
It paid off big for Carey. Although not part of the team that won the silver medal in the team competition, she had the opportunity to make the all-around when Biles retired. She also qualified for the finals on vault and floor, winning the gold on floor!
When MyKayla Skinner, who was also not a member of the four-person squad in the team competition, failed to advance to the individual finals, she thought her dream of winning a medal for the The American team was dead. At 24, she felt it was unlikely that she would qualify for another Olympic team and tried to make peace with the qualifying rounds being her gymnastic swansong.
She was preparing to return to the United States when she received the call that she would put on her competition leotard once again. With the removal of Biles from the Vault competition, Skinner was able to advance to the second position for the American team. She wowed the judges with her jump and won the silver medal!
Grace McCallum was part of the quartet representing the United States in the team final and she had the weight of the world on her shoulders. When Biles told her teammates she needed to retire from competition, McCallum was the next American gymnast to perform. She told the Today’s show, that she knew anything she did would set the tone for the team for the rest of the competition. That tone was resilience and persistence. She, along with Jordan Chiles and Suni Lee, helped the team to the silver medal.
Team USA does HERstory in Tokyo
The keyboard warriors got our gymnastics team wrong. Every woman on the team ended up winning an Olympic medal. While Biles ‘removal shocked many, it led to some of the games’ most inspiring stories!
Biles not only made an important statement about mental health and confidence in her own body, she also showed that amazing things happen when women support women. She knew she wasn’t up to the challenge of the world’s biggest stage, but her teammates who have been training their entire lives for this moment were.
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Biles invites Team USA to join her in Boise
While sharing these stories here gives us goosebumps, the words on the internet cannot compare to hearing what the Tokyo experience was like directly from the gymnasts who were part of it! You have the chance to do it EXACTLY on October 1st at the ExtraMile Arena in Boise! Simon Biles, who built the line-up for the Athleta Presents: “Gold Over America Tour,” officially invited Carey, Skinner and McCallum to join her, Chiles and an already star team of gymnasts for the show!
We have a feeling Biles would have liked Lee to be on the tour as well, but she recently started her freshman year at Auburn University and her schedule wouldn’t allow her to tour this fall.
Tickets for the event are on sale now and we’ll have some opportunities for you to win them before the show! Be sure to download our app to find out how to win.
Athleta Presents: Gold Over America Show Details
Spectacle: Athleta Presents Gold Over America Tour
When: Friday October 1 7:00 p.m.
Or: ExtraMile Arena, 1910 University Drive, Boise
Tickets: Tickets on sale now via Ticketmaster.com.
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