There will be five first-time Olympians heading to Tokyo as part of the 2021 U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics team.
Simone Biles will lead Sunisa Lee, Jordan Chiles and Grace McCallum in the team competition at the games. Jade Carey and MyKayla Skinner will join as individual competitors. Four alternates will also travel to Japan.
The team and individual selections were announced Sunday night following the conclusion of the U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials in St. Louis.
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The four-time Olympic gold medalist has become a household name akin to Tom Brady – they’re both considered the “GOAT” in their respective sports – since competing in Rio in 2016. She took first place in the all-around at the trials, scoring 118.098 overall, despite some errors on Sunday.
Biles has four skills currently named after her, meaning she’s the only gymnast in the world to have performed them in competition. There are the Biles I and II on floor exercise, both of which she performed on Day 1 of the trials, the Yurchenko half on plus two twists (The Biles) on vault and her double-double dismount (also called The Biles) on beam, which she also performed Friday.
She trains at World Champions Centre in Texas, the gym owned by her parents, Ronald and Nellie Biles.
Lee, the youngest competitor on this year’s Olympic team, finished second in the trials with a score of 115.832 and earned an automatic bid for the games. She placed first on uneven bars and beam, and also had the highest all-around score of Day 2.
The Minnesota native placed first on beam at the U.S. Championship and earned silvers in all-around and on uneven bars. She also won beam at the 2021 American Classic and 2021 Winter Cup.
Lee, nicknamed Suni, graduated from South Saint Paul Secondary in 2021 and is committed to Auburn.
Chiles was chosen by the selection committee after finishing in third place with a score of 114.631. She placed second on uneven bars and third on floor exercise.
Chiles won the all-around, vault and floor exercise and took silver on beam at the 2021 Winter Cup. At the U.S. Championship, Chiles earned bronze in the all-around and on vault.
Chiles moved from Vancouver, Washington to Texas to train alongside Biles at World Champions Centre in 2019. She is committed to UCLA, a program that’s won seven NCAA team championships.
The fourth overall finisher at the trials, McCallum scored 112.564 in the all-around. She placed fourth on floor and fifth on both uneven bars and beam.
McCallum was the bronze medalist on beam at the 2021 U.S. Championship and was part of the gold-winning 2019 World Championship team.
The 21-year-old from Arizona punched her ticket to Tokyo prior to the Olympic trials by winning both floor exercise and vault in the individual event World Cup series. She’ll compete as an individual at the games.
She only competed in two events on the second day of trials – bars and beam.
Carey started gymnastics when she was just 2-years-old. Her parents owned a gym at the time, and her dad, Brian Carey, is now her head coach.
Skinner scored 112.264 in the all-around at the trials, finishing fifth overall. The selection committee chose her as the second individual competitor for Tokyo after she was an alternate for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The 24-year-old was the silver medalist in vault in the 2021 U.S. Championship. She was the 2018 NCAA champion in vault and runner-up in the all-around competition. Skinner will graduate from Utah in 2022.
By Emily Leiker | USA TODAY