Team USA gymnasts have a bond like no other and Simone Biles proved that last week by cheering on teammate MyKayla Skinner harder than anyone else watching.
Skinner was given a 2nd chance to compete in the Tokyo Games on vault on July 31st after Biles withdrew from individual events due to her mental health issues, meaning Skinner could try and win another medal before her retirement, taking home a silver medal in the end.
Biles came out on her Instagram story last week about the "twisties" she's experiencing, telling her fans that it's very dangerous if you're mind isn't connecting with your body, and for that reason, she had to step away from the Games this year.
Skinner's loved ones, including her beloved husband Jonas Harmer, had to stay home because of the Games' COVID-19 policy, meaning she wasn't able to hear just how loud her family was cheering. But Biles, along with teammates Jordan Chiles and Grace McCallum, were cheering on the sidelines as Skinner won the U.S a silver medal.
Biles then shared some words of support on her Instagram story: "I'm so freaking proud of you," she wrote to Skinner after her fabulous performance.
"I dedicate this medal to Simone. I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for her," Skinner said. "I told her I would be doing this one for her. She said, 'don't do it for me, do it for yourself,' so technically it's for all of us."
Skinner also posted to her Instagram account to celebrate her victory:
"There have been so many times I've wanted to quit the last 2 years and throughout my entire gymnastics career. I don't think most people know how hard this sport is on your body and mind. I'm grateful I never gave up and that so many of you never gave up on me... unfinished business… FINISHED," she wrote.
Skinner has been doing gymnastics since she was just 5-years-old, training a full nineteen years to get her to "this moment", and she really did give it her all, making her family, and Biles proud.
Well done Myklaya! You have made Team USA as proud as your country!