Gymnast MyKayla Skinner Hopes to "Fill the Hole" in Her Heart After Devastating Olympics Defeat

Gymnast MyKayla Skinner's time at the Tokyo 2020 Games is over after her teammate Jade Carey took second place in the vault finals. While her journey to the podium comes to an end, MyKayla promises viewers that it will not be the last time they have seen her.
“This concludes the book about my gymnastics career, and I only regret things that I cannot influence. So no regrets, "wrote the 24-year-old athlete on Instagram Hole in my Heart on July 26th."
She continues: "Don't be a stranger here or on my YouTube! There are lots of fun things to come."
As for MyKayla, the Olympian admits she's still processing the events of the past 48 hours. "Heartbroken is an understatement, but I'm proud of myself for coming here after everything I've been through," says MyKayla. "I would have loved if my results were counted for the team and I would have loved to go to an event finale, but I still did some of my best gymnastics here as an Olympian and nobody can take that away from me."
Meet the US gymnasts competing in the Tokyo Olympics
"Gym hasn't done me any good over the years, but I'm grateful that I was able to set an example of never giving up and chasing your dreams no matter what," she continues. "I am humble with the experiences I have had and hope that I can continue to be a light to others who are fighting their own battles."
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Simone Biles recognized Mykayla's commitment to the team and the sport in her Instagram story and wrote on Sunday, July 25th: "So proud of this team."
To stay in the competition, she had to finish in the top eight overall, but finished tenth. As a result, MyKayla will return to the United States under strict COVID-19 protocols as she competed individually rather than for Team USA.
To learn more about their path to the Tokyo Games, read our story here.
Check out daily coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on NBC and Peacock.
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