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The US gymnast MyKayla Skinner appears on the vault in the women’s apparatus finals at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Natacha Pisarenko / AP Hide the caption

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The US gymnast MyKayla Skinner appears on the vault in the women’s apparatus finals at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

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TOKYO – American gymnast MyKayla Skinner won a silver medal for the vault in the individual tournament finals – a competition she didn’t expect to compete in the Tokyo Olympics.

Skinner, 24, was tapped to compete in the vault after Simone Biles, the world’s greatest gymnast, withdrew from the competition to focus on her mental health.

Rebeca Andrade from Brazil won the gold medal and Yeo Seojeong from South Korea won bronze.

Team Brazil’s Rebeca Andrade won gold in the Women’s Vault Final on Sunday. Jamie Squire / Getty Images Hide caption

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Team Brazil’s Rebeca Andrade won gold in the Women’s Vault Final on Sunday.

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Skinner had already given interviews in which he talked about hanging up her jersey for the last time. She moves to Utah and studies journalism with the aim of becoming a sports broadcaster. “To me, I’m just excited about having a life and then maybe starting a family,” she told People. “We’ll just see where life takes me.”

But not in front of two other safes.

She did both neatly. The first, with a very high level of difficulty, is known as Cheng. The score on this jump was slightly higher than on her second. She eventually ended up with a combined total of 14,916.

Her teammate Jade Carey, 21, shook her head after a rocky first jump. She appeared to be getting off a tougher move after getting off the stairs that led there, and ended up with a score for her first jump of 11,933. On her second jump, she was hit with a two-point penalty and finished with a combined score of 12,416.

Having qualified for the event with a score of 15,166, it was likely disappointing. After that, she looked emotional and hugged Skinner.

Today the US gymnast Sunisa Lee, the individual all-around champion, will compete in the uneven bars individual finals.

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