Utah Gymnast Making Most Of ‘Incredible’ Opportunity To Train With Simone Biles

Jul 26, 2021, 7:58 AM | Updated: 8:00 am
Sunisa Lee, Simone Biles, Jordan Chiles and Grace McCallum of Team United States pose for a photo d...
Sunisa Lee, Simone Biles, Jordan Chiles and Grace McCallum of Team United States pose for a photo during Women's Podium Training ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on July 22, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

TOKYO — Grace McCallum, an incoming freshman at the University of Utah, will join Simone Biles as Team USA competes in the women’s gymnastics final on Tuesday, and McCallum’s coach said the Tokyo Games have been an incredible opportunity for her.

“With Simone right now and in my lifetime of coaching and the decades that I’ve been doing this, I’ve never seen an athlete like her,” said University of Utah gymnastics coach Tom Farden. “And she is the complete package. She is the one who can go out and make new skills and do something that is never thought possible.”

McCallum is one of three Red Rocks who qualified for the Games — joined by Kara Eaker, an alternate who tested positive for COVID-19 in Tokyo and MyKayla Skinner, who saw her run in Tokyo come to an end Saturday after she failed to qualify for any event finals.

She performed well, but due to a rule that only allows two gymnasts per country to qualify for an event, she missed out.

With Skinner retiring after the Tokyo Games, the U.’s attention turns to Eaker and McCallum — both incoming freshmen.

And Farden said the chance for these younger athletes to be on Team USA with Biles, one of the greatest athletes of all time, has been incredible.

“They get to rub shoulders and train with one of the best our sport has ever seen,” he said. “That’s incredible.”

You can watch McCallum participate in the team final live Tuesday on KSL TV at 4:45 a.m. MDT.

Biles is set to compete in all six finals — team, individual all-around, floor exercise, beam, uneven bars and vault — at the Tokyo Olympics despite an uncharacteristically shaky performance from most of the United States women’s team during qualifications.

  • Utah Utes Scoreboard

  • Utah Utes Team Leaders

  • Utah Utes Standings

KSL Olympics

Heidi Weng - Cross Country Ski...
Associated Press

Norwegian Skiers, Other Olympic Hopefuls Positive For Virus

Two members of Norway's women's cross-country team and a U.S. bobsledder have tested positive for the coronavirus ahead of next month's Beijing Olympics.
1 day ago
2002 Winter Olympic Games Salt Lake City...
KSL Sports

Your Guide To The 20th Anniversary Celebration Of The 2002 SLC Olympics

It's been nearly 20 years since the Winter Olympic Games came to Salt Lake City and the state is putting together lots of events to celebrate the milestone anniversary.
1 day ago
US snowboarding team...
Eddie Pells

Tough Trip To China Ahead, Anderson Sees Gift Of World Stage

There is part of Jamie Anderson that wishes these upcoming Olympics weren’t in China.
1 day ago
Linus Strasser - Slalom...
Associated Press

Germany’s Strasser Wins Last Slalom Before Bejing Olympics

Six World Cup races. Six different winners. It's anyone's guess who will win the men's slalom at the upcoming Winter Olympics.
2 days ago
Eric Staal - Montreal Canadiens...
Associated Press

Staal, Power And Levi Headline Canada’s Olympic Roster

Longtime NHL forward Eric Staal, 2021 top draft pick Owen Power and Northeastern goaltender Devon Levi are among the players named to Canada's roster for the Beijing Olympics.
2 days ago
Sara Hector - Giant Slalom...
Associated Press

Hector Wins Final World Cup Giant Slalom Before Olympics

Sara Hector won the final World Cup giant slalom before the Beijing Olympics.
2 days ago
Utah Gymnast Making Most Of ‘Incredible’ Opportunity To Train With Simone Biles