Last week, the U.S. named its gymnastics teams for both the men’s and women’s competitions at the Olympics, starting in just a few weeks. There are two Arizonans who will be joining the women in Tokyo and two men from Arizona who are alternates for the team.
MyKayla Skinner of Gilbert trains at Desert Lights and finished fifth all-around competition last week after the second day of the women’s U.S. Olympic Trials. She was named as a plus-one specialist for the Tokyo Olympics this month.
MyKayla was an Olympic alternate in 2016 for the Rio Games and an alternate to the 2019 World Championships. She returned to international elite gymnastics after three years of college gymnastics at Utah. She recently announced she will not be returning to collegiate gymnastics, but plans to return to the University of Utah to earn her degree.
Jade Carey of Arizona Sunrays qualified for the Olympics as an individual in April 2020 through a new qualification route offered by the International Gymnastics Federation via the apparatus World Cup series. She is a spJade may still be eligible to compete individually in the all-around and event finals depending on her performance during the qualifying rounds in Tokyo.
Jade signed a letter of intent to compete in collegiate gymnastics for Oregon State in 2017, but deferred on joining the program until after the Olympics. She has been a part of Team USA since 2017, with a gold medal in the 2019 World Artistic Gymnastics Championship, silver medals in vault and floor at the 2017 World Artistic Gymnastics Championship, and gold medals in the 2018 Pan-American championships for vault, floor exercise and team competitions.
Neither Jade nor MyKayla will compete in the team competition, only individual events and potentially the all-around competition. The team competition has been cut to four team members this year, with Simone Biles, Sunisa Lee, Jordan Chiles and Grace McCallum having been named to the U.S. team in Tokyo.
On the men’s side, Brandon Briones of Gilbert and Allan Bower of Chandler were named as alternates to the U.S. Olympic men’s gymnastics team, having finished fifth and seventh all-around at the Olympic Trials. This is the third consecutive Olympics that Arizona has at least a men’s alternate on the U.S. team.
In just a few weeks, these athletes will be competing for gold for Team USA. Be sure to check out the schedule to tune in and cheer these local gymnasts on at the international level.