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.
“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.
This decision proved to be a success for Chiles’ gymnastic career.
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.
She is expected to attend UCLA in the fall.
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