The US Women's Gymnastics Team Crushed It at 2019 Worlds — Here's How Each Gymnast Did
On Tuesday, Oct. 8, the US women's gymnastics team won their seventh (and fifth consecutive) World Championship title in Stuttgart, Germany, by nearly six whole points. Their final score was a 172.330 compared to Russia's 166.529 and Italy's 164.796. Simone Biles automatically clinched a spot on the team when she won the all-around competition during the World Team Selection Camp, and five others were chosen to fly to Stuttgart to represent the US: Jade Carey, Kara Eaker, Grace McCallum, Sunisa Lee, and MyKayla Skinner.
"Every time I make the team, I feel like it's so surreal," Simone told USA Gymnastics, "and I'm really excited to get out there and showcase what the team has, what I have." On Oct. 3, the team was narrowed down from six to five, as MyKayla was named an official alternate. She posted on Twitter shortly after, "I just wanted to say thank you to everyone! The past 5 months have been one heck of a ride but I wouldn't trade it for the world. Still can't believe I made the worlds team & get to be apart of something so special! Can't wait to cheer on my girls! They will be amazing."
Team USA already has a guaranteed place at the Tokyo Olympics next year after winning a team medal (gold) at 2018 Worlds, though we won't find out who's on that roster until the end of June 2020. Meanwhile, these women brought their talent and determination to 2019 Worlds! Ahead, check out a little bit about each gymnast, and watch them do their thing. Plus, read up on how they did at this year's Worlds.
Sunisa, 16, is a St. Paul, MN, native who committed to competing for Auburn University come college. She finished second at the 2019 US Gymnastics Championships. At that competition, she also won gold on bars and bronze on floor. And as a junior last year, she was the Pacific Rim Championships silver medalist on vault, beam, and floor. Read more about her here.
How Sunisa did at 2019 Worlds: gold in the team final, silver in the floor final, bronze in the bars final, eighth in the all-around final
Sunisa's USA Gymnastics highlight page: View more of her accomplishments.
Sunisa's Instagram: @sunisalee_
Watch Sunisa Lee During the 2019 World Championships Podium Training on Bars
Jade received a silver medal on floor and vault at the 2017 World Gymnastics Championships, and she got the same results in August at the 2019 US Gymnastics Championships. In fact, the 19-year-old from Phoenix, AZ, who's a future Ohio State Buckeyes gymnast, is known as a specialist in those two events. She passed up on the opportunity to contend for a spot on the Worlds team in 2018. Instead, she competed in the apparatus World Cup series, an eight-competition series that started that year. FIG rules prohibited her from doing both.
Since, for this upcoming Olympic Games only, each country has four, not five, gymnasts competing in the team event, two additional gymnasts can qualify individually as event specialists. This is what the apparatus World Cup series could do for Jade — she'll reportedly know if she's able to clinch a ticket to Tokyo as early as February.
How Jade did at 2019 Worlds: gold in the team final, silver in the vault final
Jade's USA Gymnastics highlight page: View more of her accomplishments.
Jade's Instagram: @jadecareyy
Watch Jade Carey During the 2019 World Championships Podium Training on Vault
Grace, 16, finished third at the US Gymnastics Championships this year behind Sunisa and Simone. She also placed third at the GK US Classic this year. She's from Isanti, MN, and was on the women's Worlds team last year along with Simone and Kara. "I think this is a really amazing group of girls," she told USA Gymnastics. "I think we're gonna have so much fun, we're gonna work really hard in the gym." Read more about her here.
How Grace did at 2019 Worlds: gold in the team final
Grace's USA Gymnastics highlight page: View more of her accomplishments.
Grace's Instagram: @grace.mccallum
Watch Grace McCallum During the 2019 World Championships Podium Training on Floor
Kara got silver at Nationals (US Gymnastics Championships) on beam and finished third in the all-around at the Worlds selection camp this year. She, along with Simone and Grace, was a member of the gold-medal-winning 2018 World Championships team. The 16-year-old currently resides in Grain Valley, MO, and is committed to joining Utah Utes women's college gymnastics in the future.
How Kara did at 2019 Worlds: gold in the team final, fourth in the beam final
Kara's USA Gymnastics highlights page: View more of her accomplishments.
Kara's Instagram: @_karaeaker
Watch Kara Eaker During the 2019 World Championships Podium Training on Floor
In case you aren't familiar with Simone — which would be a shame, but I'll let it slide just this once — she's a five-time Olympic medalist and has the most World medals out of any female gymnast. Not to mention, she was the first female gymnast to rack up four World all-around titles. With her performance at 2019 Worlds, she became the most decorated gymnast in World Championship history. She now has a total of 25 medals (the record previously was 23), and 19 of them are golds.
The 22-year-old currently resides in Spring, TX, and has two skills bearing her name: one on vault and one on floor. At Worlds, she got two more named after her in the FIG Code of Points, which she told POPSUGAR in the past is her main goal before the Tokyo Olympics. Her triple-double on floor will now be dubbed the "Biles II" in the FIG Code of Points, and her double-double dismount off of beam will be named "The Biles." Plus, read up on how she takes care of her mental health here.
How Simone did at 2019 Worlds: gold in the team final, gold in the beam final, gold in the vault final, gold in the floor final, gold in the all-around final
Simone's USA Gymnastics highlights page: View more of her accomplishments.
Simone's Instagram: @simonebiles
Watch Simone Biles During the 2019 World Championships Podium Training on Beam
Alternate: MyKayla Skinner
MyKayla, 22, finished fourth in the all-around at the 2016 Olympic trials but was named an alternate for the Rio Games. She then spent three years competing on the collegiate level for the University of Utah, where she won NCAA titles on floor (2017) and vault (2018) and finished second in the all-around in both 2017 and 2018. MyKayla held a 161-routine hit streak during her collegiate career and announced she was taking a break prior to her senior year to reenter the elite world and contend for Tokyo 2020. You can read up more about her here.
How MyKayla did at 2019 Worlds: As an alternate, MyKayla received a gold medal for the team's first place finish.
MyKayla's USA Gymnastics highlights page: View more of her accomplishments.
MyKayla's Instagram: @mykaylaskinner2016