05 Aug FE: Ready to fly high
After Simon Biles made her mental health a priority (ICYMI: http://thewishwall.org/desideri/fe-redefining-greatness), others from Team USA had a chance to emerge from their teammate’s shadow. Suni Lee was first in the individual all-around– an event won by an American in each of the last five Olympics. Lee performed a brilliant routine to win gold and keep that streak alive.
Suni Lee, who has completed the most difficult uneven bars routine in the world, went big on the bars and added a high-scoring balance beam set to keep her team in medal contention.
The St. Paul, Minnesota native stepped up in a big way when her teammates needed her most.
Watch her incredible performance below:
MyKayla Skinner steps in to win a silver medal
Then there is Simone Biles’ replacement, MyKayla Skinner. With her bags packed and plans to leave Tokyo, the Team USA gymnast learned about her teammate’s troubles and that she might be needed to fill in for the GOAT. So, she canceled her flight, put on her game face, and started training.Skinner nailed both of her vault performances in the finals to take home a silver medal in less than 48 hours after replacing Biles in the competition.
“She’s definitely inspired me and I said you know what, like, you were supposed to have this opportunity but I’m so grateful to be able to step in for you and I wanted to do this for us,” Skinner said on TODAY about what she told Biles after re-entering the competition for her teammate. Not only did Skinner step in, but she stepped up.
Jade Carey wins gold after early struggles
Then there is Jade Carey, another resilient American gymnast. On Sunday, she was a favorite to medal in the vault. Instead, Carey’s performance on the vault, as well as in the all-around, landed her in eighth place — in both events. Then, it happened. The Team USA gymnast bounced back Monday with a gold-winning performance in the women’s floor exercise final. She nailed all of her of her tumbles in a solid routine that was high in risk and style
Thank you, Team USA athletes, for all the inspo, ups and downs that make us proud!
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Akasha Garnier for #TheWishwall
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