“MyKayla is living proof that you can achieve whatever you set your mind to,” her partner, Jonas Harmer, composed on Instagram. “She set off on the Olympic route again 2 years ago chasing unfinished business from Rio 2016 and I’ve never seen more resilience in a human being. The world has no idea all that this girl has been through.”
The Arizona local’s roadway to the Tokyo Olympics was challenging. MyKayla, who is likewise a University of Utah gymnast, stopped working to get approved for the 2012 London Olympics and was made an was an alternate for Team U.S.A. at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She informed NBC Sports in 2015 that “being an alternate is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in gymnastics. The whole time I was in Rio, I probably cried every single night.”
Over the previous year, MyKayla likewise suffered illness. Last December, she hurt her Achilles and month later on, she contracted COVID-19 and was later on hospitalized with coronavirus-related pneumonia.
Earlier this month, MyKayla revealed on Instagram, “The Olympics will be my last gymnastics competition before I officially retire.” Last weekend, the gymnast completed as an Olympian for the very first time in the certifying round at the Tokyo Olympics, completing as a specific, however did not rank high sufficient to continue to the finals.
“Heartbroken is an understatement, but I am proud of myself for getting here after everything I’ve been through,” she composed on Instagram at the time. “This is closing the book on my gymnastics career, and my only regrets were things outside my control. So no regrets.”
She included on Twitter, “#NeverGiveUp.”