Social Media Reacts To MyKayla Skinner Winning Silver Medal At Tokyo Olympics

Aug 1, 2021, 11:39 AM
MyKayla Skinner - Gymnastics Silver Medal...
Mykayla Skinner of Team United States poses with the silver medal following the Women's Vault Final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on August 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Social media went crazy when Red Rocks legend and Team USA Gymnast MyKayla Skinner won the Silver Medal in the vault final.

MyKayla Skinner replaced Simone Biles in the vault final and was able to take home the Silver Medal on Sunday morning. It was looking like Skinner’s Olympic journey was going to be cut short after not qualifying for the individual events but had the fourth-highest vault score at qualifications, which made her eligible to compete in that event as a replacement for Biles.

Here are some of the social media posts from those around the University of Utah community and the Olympic community congratulation Skinner for winning her medal.

“Hey guys, it’s MyKayla Skinner, your vault Silver Medalist,” Skinner said on Twitter. “This is so cool. I can’t believe this happened. I just wanted to thank all of my friends, family and fans for everything you have done. You guys have seriously been supporting me through it all through the ups and downs. Thank you for never giving up on me. I know all of you back home have been cheering once the news came out that I would be in the vault lineup and you knew that I had been wanting this so, so bad. Thank you all so much. I love you and all dreams do come true so don’t forget, never give up.”

Utah Athletic Director Mark Harlan took to Twitter.

“Incredible!” Harlan tweeted. “What an example to all to never give up your dreams.”

“YOU HEARD THAT RIGHT,” Utah Gymnastics tweeted. “MyKayla Skinner earns Silver for her incredible efforts in the vault finals! Your Red Rock family is so thrilled for you!”

Fellow USA Gymnast Sunisa Lee was thrilled to see Skinner win a medal.


Utah football defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley watched the event live at 2 a.m. MDT.

“Silver is Gold!!! Congrats MyKayla Skinner,” Scalley tweeted.

KSL Sports’ Jeremiah Jensen is in Tokyo and documented the journey for MyKayla Skinner.

Click here for KSL Sports’ exclusive coverage of the Games.

Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes Insider for KSLSports.com and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorASportsYou can download and listen to the podcast, here.

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