Mykayla Skinner

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Mykayla Skinner
— Gymnast —
Full name Mykayla Brooke Skinner
Nickname(s) Mikki[1]
Country represented  United States
Born (1996-12-09) December 9, 1996 (age 18)
Gilbert, Arizona, United States
Height 5 ft 0 in (1.52 m)
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Level Senior International Elite
Years on national team 2011-present
Gym Desert Lights Gymnastics
Head coach(es) Lisa Spini
Assistant coach(es) Bruce McGehee
Music Cry Me a River by Sven Duijff (2014)
Beatroot by Bond (2013)
La Cumparsita by Bulevard Tango Club (2011-12)

Mykayla "Mikki" Brooke Skinner (born December 9, 1996) is an American artistic gymnast. She competed at the 2014 World Championships where she contributed to the U.S. team's gold medal, also winning an individual bronze medal on vault and placing fourth in the floor exercise. She is known for high difficulty in vaults (having performed both Amanar and Cheng vaults in past competitions though she did not do the Amanar at the World Championships) and floor (being the only female gymnast aside from Victoria Moors to compete a double double layout).

Personal life[edit]

Skinner was born on December 9, 1996 in Mesa, Arizona to Cris and Kym Skinner. She has three older siblings, Jeremy, Chelsea and Katie, two of whom are former gymnasts themselves.[2]

She currently trains with the coaches of Desert Lights Gymnastics in Chandler, AZ. Her personal coach is the head coach of the club, Lisa Spini.[3] She attended Higley High School in 2011 as a freshman and has been home schooled since 2012.[3][4] In December 2012, Skinner verbally committed to join the University of Utah program as a collegiate gymnast beginning in 2015.[5]

Junior career[edit]

Skinner was the junior individual all-around champion of the 2011 American Classic.[6][7]

She was named to the Junior US National Team after finishing tenth in the all-around and second on vault at the National Championships.[8][9][10]

Senior career[edit]

2012[edit]

Skinner became a member of the U.S. senior national team in 2012.[4] She was a member of the winning U.S. squad at the Jesolo competition in March. In June, she finished 15th all around at the U.S. Nationals and third on vault.[11][12] She had hoped to make the 2012 US Women's Olympic Team but was not selected to compete at the Olympic Trials.[2][13][14]

2013[edit]

Skinner competed at the Fiesta Bowl in early 2013, winning every individual event except for the floor exercise where she tied for eighth place.[15] At the 2013 P&G Championships she placed third on vault and floor. She finished sixth in the all-around.

2014[edit]

Skinner was a member of the winning U.S. squad at the City of Jesolo competition in March, where she won the gold on vault and floor exercise and placed fourth in the all-around.

In August and September, Skinner competed at the Pan American Championships in Mississauga, Canada. She helped the American team place first in the team competition. Individually, she placed first in the all-around competition with a score of 56.850.[16] In the event finals, she placed first on vault scoring 15.037, seventh on balance beam scoring 13.475, and first on floor scoring 14.750.[17]

World Championships[edit]

Skinner was selected to compete at the 2014 World Championships in Nanning, China.[18] She won a gold medal with the U.S. in the team competition (contributing a score of 14.666 on the floor)[19] and won a bronze medal in vault, with a score of 15.366.[20] In the floor exercise, notwithstanding some powerful tumbling elements, and a score of 14.700, she narrowly missed a bronze medal, losing out to Aliya Mustafina who had superior dance elements and a score of 14.733.[21][22]

University of Utah[edit]

In November 2014, Skinner signed the National Letter of Intent for the University of Utah.[23] Skinner was recruited along with Shannon McNatt (TX), MaKenna Merrell (UT), and Erika Muhaw (NJ), as Utah looked to fill gaps left by the graduation of four of its seniors, including Georgia Dabritz and Tory Wilson. Utah coach Greg Marsden said that Skinner was "one of the top gymnasts in the world", with "the potential to get even better as a result of her passion for the sport. She loves to flip and twist."[24]

As highlighted by the New York Times, with an average attendance of close to 14,500, "Utah gymnastics has the highest average attendance in women's college sports nearly every year ... It vaults past professional women's sports, too, like the W.N.B.A., where top teams hope to draw 10,000."[25] In a state which is 60 percent Mormon,[26] the recruitment of a top gymnast who happens to be a Mormon[27][28]holds the promise of strengthening audience appeal still further.

2015[edit]

Skinner competed at the 2015 AT&T American Cup, held in Arlington, TX on March 7, 2015.[29] Skinner placed second to Simone Biles in that event with a score of 57.832.

In April 2015, Skinner announced that she would defer enrolling at Utah by a year to concentrate on making the 2016 Olympics.[30]

U.S. Secret Classic[edit]

On July 25, at the U.S. Secret Classic, competing on a recently-injured ankle, Skinner finished 7th in the all-around with a score of 55.500, behind 2-time World All-Around Champion Simone Biles, 2012 Olympic All-Around Champion Gabby Douglas, Maggie Nichols, Bailie Key, Aly Raisman, and 2014 Worlds teammate Alyssa Baumann. On beam, she had a fall on her back-handspring tuck full series. She had a stable routine the rest of the way and scored a 12.800, placing 12th on the event. On floor exercise, one of her best events, she threw in her Moors (double twisting double layout) and her Silivas (double twisting double tuck), but she watered down her last 2 tumbling passes to protect her ankle from further injury. She only did a layout 3/2 through to a layout 2/1 instead of a layout 5/2, which lowered her start value. She lowered her start value even more when she removed her full-twisting double tuck and only did a double tuck. She fell on her double tuck and scored a low 13.500 from a 6.3 start value, placing 9th on the event. She scored a 15.100 on her Cheng vault and a 14.800 on her double-twisting Yurchenko, for an average of 14.950 and placed second to Biles. She ended on bars with a more difficult routine and scored a respectable 14.100, placing her 10th.[31]

P&G Championships[edit]

On August 13 & 15, Skinner competed at the 2015 P&G Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana where she tied for 7th in the All-Around with 2014 Worlds Teammate Alyssa Baumann with a 2-night total of 115.700. She and Baumann placed behind Simone Biles, Maggie Nichols, Aly Raisman, Bailie Key, Gabby Douglas, and Madison Kocian.

Skinner started on vault where she scored a 15.150 on her Cheng Fei vault and a 14.800 on her double-twisting Yurchenko for an average of 14.975. On bars she had form issues on her transitions and was short on handstands and scored a 13.650. On beam, she nailed her back-handspring tuck full series and had a small hop on her double tuck dismount, scoring a 14.350. On floor, she performed all her difficult tumbling including her double-double layout, double-double tuck, layout 3/2 through to a layout 5/2, and a tucked full-in. The judges only credited her a low 6.2 and scored a 14.350. At the end of Night 1, she had a total of 57.500 and was ranked 8th overall.

On Night 2, Skinner started on bars and had similar form and handstand issues as she did on Night 1. She scored a 13.700 and a total of 27.350, placing 16th on the event. On beam she had a small wobble on her signature back-handspring tuck full series but had better connections to increase her start value to a 6.0. She scored a 14.350 again as she did on Night 1 and totaled a 28.700, placing her 7th on the event tied with Raisman. On floor, she had a better routine and was credited a 6.5 start value for a score of 14.800, placing her 3rd on the event (tied with Key) behind Raisman and Biles. On vault, she scored a 15.350 on her Cheng Fei vault and a 14.950 on her double-twisting Yurchenko. She averaged a 15.150 and had a total of 30.125, placing 2nd on vault behind Biles.

Skinner has been named to the Senior National Team once again and is invited to the 2015 Worlds Selection Camp in September.

Competitive history[edit]

Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
2010 Visa Championships (Junior) 25th 8th 30th 22nd 33rd
2011 WOGA Classic (Junior) 2nd
Nastia Liukin Cup 5th
Visa Championships (Junior) 10th 2nd 20th 15th 15th
2012 City of Jesolo Trophy 10th
Visa Championships 15th 3rd 20th 17th 11th
2013 Secret U.S. Classic 10th 2nd 13th 9th 13th
P&G Championships 6th 3rd 9th 11th 3rd
2014 City of Jesolo Trophy 1st 4th 1st 1st
Secret U.S. Classic 5th 2nd 10th 6th 6th
P&G Championships 5th 2nd 11th 6th 2nd
Pan American Championships 1st 1st 1st 7th 1st
World Championships 1st 3rd 4th
2015 American Cup 2nd
Secret U.S. Classic 7th 2nd 10th 12th 9th
P&G Championships 7th 2nd 16th 7th 3rd
Year Competition Description Location Apparatus Rank-Final Score-Final Rank-Qualifying Score-Qualifying
2014 World Championships Nanning Team 1 179.280 1 235.038
All-Around 6 57.799
Vault 3 15.366 3 15.666
Uneven Bars 29 13.900
Balance Beam 37 13.533
Floor Exercise 4 14.700 3 14.700

References[edit]

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