TOKYO – U.S. gymnast MyKayla Skinner is continuing to train if she is called upon to replace Simone Biles in the Olympic vault final Sunday.
Skinner’s coach Lisa Spini said Friday that she and Skinner were “going to leave (Japan) but were asked to stay” after Biles dropped out of the team final Tuesday with mental health concerns.
Biles also did not compete in the all-around final Thursday, replaced by Jade Carey, who finished eighth.
that she continues to experience the “twisties” — unable to be certain of where she is in the air — and that they are affecting her on all four events.
Skinner would be in position to take Biles’ spot after finishing fourth (14.866) on vault qualifying on Sunday, finishing behind Biles (15.183) and Carey (15.166). The 24-year-old did not make