MyKayla Skinner: Mormon Athlete
MyKayla Skinner is an American elite gymnast and served as an alternate on the 2016 US Olympic Team. She signed with the University of Utah Lady Utes in November 2014 but deferred enrollment to train for the Olympics. During the 2016 Olympic Trials, she was fourth all-around, 2nd on vault, 5th on beam, and 4th on floor exercise. At the 2014 World Championships in China, she contributed to the US Team’s gold medal and won a bronze medal on the vault with a score of 15.366. She is known for high difficulty in her vaults.
At the University of Utah, she was part of multiple national championships (vault and floor) and won 26 All-America awards, a school record. She was also a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic selection. She has a record of a streak of 161 individual events in college competition without taking a fall (including the balance beam, uneven bars, and the vault). She fell in her opening routine on the balance beam on the concluding day of the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics National Championships, but the fall did not stop her from finishing well. She earned a spot on the 2019 U.S. National Team.
MyKayla opted to step away from her senior season at Utah and return to international competition. She was named the 2020 Olympic Women's gymnastic team’s alternate, which means she will train with the team but not compete.
Skinner was born on December 9, 1996, in Mesa, Arizona, and is from Gilbert, Arizona. Her two older sisters are former gymnasts. She is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.