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LDS Gymnast Going to Olympics as USA Team Alternate


Whether or not she competes in the upcoming Olympics, Mykayla Skinner has earned her spot on the USA gymnastics team.

While it remains to be seen whether she will have an opportunity to compete in the Olympics, 19-year-old Mormon gymnast Mykayla Skinner stamped her ticket to Rio this weekend by being selected as an alternate for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials.

Despite finishing fourth all-around this weekend at the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials, Skinner was not selected to the five-woman team. Officially named to the USA’s roster were Simone Biles, who earned automatic berth by finishing first all-around, while Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez, and Madison Kocian were placed on the team by the selection committee. Ashton Locklear and Ragan Smith will be joining Skinner as alternates.

At the end of the weekend, Skinner placed second on vault (30.950), fifth on floor (29.600) and balance beam (29.350) and 12th on uneven bars (28.700).

Lead image from Deseret News.
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