Three College of Utah gymnasts heading to Tokyo Olympics for Group USA
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Three members of the Utah Pink Rocks (College of Utah’s gymnastics crew) are heading to Tokyo this summer season to characterize the US.
After the ultimate day of the U.S. Olympic Trials on Sunday, Utes alum MyKayla Skinner certified to compete in a person spot, additionally known as a “plus-1 specialist.” Skinner was named a Group USA alternate in 2016.
Grace McCallum, who is predicted to start out her U of U profession this coming college yr, got here in fourth within the trials and will probably be a member of the four-woman Olympic crew.
Kara Eaker, additionally an incoming freshman, certified as one among 4 “alternates.”
All three Utes completed within the high seven on the trials.
McCallum completed fourth total within the all-around (112.564), Skinner completed in fifth place (112.264), and Eaker positioned seventh (111.097).
The choice committee opted to take the highest 4 finishers at trials, although nationwide crew coordinator Tom Forster admitted a crew with Skinner on it as an alternative of McCallum may doubtlessly put up a slightly increased rating as a consequence of Skinner’s world-class vaulting.
Fractions of a degree, nonetheless, possible will not be the distinction between gold and silver. If the Individuals are wherever ner the highest of their recreation, they need to win their third consecutive Olympic crown by a considerable margin. That was sufficient for the committee to take the rating order on the high.
“We’re so lucky that our athletes are so sturdy that I do not assume it may come all the way down to tenths of a degree in Tokyo,” Forster mentioned. “It does not seem like … in order a committee, we simply did not really feel it was price altering the integrity of the method merely for a few tenths.”
Becoming a member of McCallum on the four-woman crew will probably be Simone Biles (the reigning world and Olympic champion), Sunisa Lee and Jordan Chiles.
Will Graves with the Related Press contributed to this report.