Jordan Chiles replaced Team USA after his friend and confidante Simone Biles retired



Only Biles, Suni Lee and Jade Carey were scheduled to make the team final, but Chiles took over to fill Biles’ place.

Chiles scored 14.666 on vault, 14.166 on uneven bars, 13.433 on beam and an expensive 11.700 on floor. The United States team won the silver medal and the Russian Olympic Committee took the first place in a surprise.

For Chiles, the filling performance was part of an unusual road to the Olympics.

Born in Tualatin, Oregon, and raised in Vancouver, Washington, Chiles is the youngest of five siblings and was a supernatural gymnast. Before doing gymnastics workout, she would cartwheel down the aisle of any open space or walk on her hands, according to her online bio.
Jordan Chiles of the United States celebrates her performance on uneven bars in the women's artistic gymnastics final at the 2020 Summer Olympics on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Tokyo.
Chiles was named after Michael Jordan, and her family nicknamed her “Chick” because she looked like Chicken Little when she wore her T-ball helmet, according to NBC Sports.

“Chick” rose through the ranks of the gymnastics world. But around 2017 and 2018, she hit a wall and became unhappy with gymnastics, according to the New York Times.

“I didn’t think sport wanted me anymore,” Chiles told The Times. “So I went in the opposite direction.”

She finished in 11th place in the all-around at the U.S. Championships in 2018 and considered putting things on hold for good. It was then that Biles called her up and invited her to workout at the star’s gym in Texas, which offered a less strict environment. Chiles packed his bags and moved out.

Simone Biles of the United States, right, poses for photos with teammate Jordan Chiles after an artistic gymnastics workout at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
“I discovered that gymnastics doesn’t always have to be about being so hard on yourself and having so many doubts,” she told The Times. “I realized this when I saw Simone compete. She looks like she’s having fun, laughing and laughing, and she doesn’t look stressed or tired. I thought to myself: ‘You know, I’m going to try this one these days and see how it goes.’ “

This decision proved to be a success for Chiles’ gymnastic career.

Chiles finished first in the all-around Winter Cup in February. At the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in June, Biles won her seventh women’s national all-around title while Chiles was third with a score of 114.450.

Chiles also finished third in the all-around at the US Olympic Trials to secure his place on the national team.

Her performance in Tokyo started off rocky. In Sunday’s qualifying, she fell off the beam during her routine and fell back on her exit. Subsequently, Biles came to her to offer her comfort and words of encouragement.

Chiles wrote on Instagram: “Yesterday was not the meet of my life but I have to say I learned a lot from it and am ready to go out and show the world why I am here. Thank you all, from my family all the way to my fans. I appreciate you !!!! “

She is expected to attend UCLA in the fall.


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