Gymnast Jordan Chiles Is on Her Way to the Tokyo Olympics — Get to Know Her
Sure, Jordan Chiles's last name rhymes with Biles, but the 20-year-old is holding her own in gymnastics. After a spectacular two-night performance and third-place all-around finish at Olympic Trials, she was selected for the four-person women's artistic gymnastics team heading to the Tokyo Games.
"I need to be able to go out there and just be Jordan and not try to be somebody that — I don't know, like the next Gabby [Douglas], the next Simone," the senior national team member told USA Today this year. "I want to be the next Jordan. I'm myself."
Chiles showcased her consistency ever since she won the all-around at February's Winter Cup and came in second overall at the GK US Classic behind Biles. Then, she claimed the national all-around bronze medal on June 6.
Gymnastics became Chiles's whole universe shortly after she was introduced to the sport with natural talent around age seven. Though she was the team, vault, and floor champion at the 2018 Pacific Rim Championships and also placed second in the all-around at the 2017 US Gymnastics Championships, her journey toward peak performance only launched when she moved training gyms from her hometown of Vancouver, WA, to World Champions Centre (WCC) in Spring, TX, where Biles trains. Making the switch in June 2019 helped instill confidence and love for the sport that she had lost.
"Training under Laurent [Landi] and Cecile [Canqueteau-Landi] definitely has changed my whole mindset, my whole attitude, and how I look forward to being in the gym these days," Chiles told POPSUGAR earlier this month. "Being able to have coaches who truly understand me and what I've gone through and what I want in my career is something that I was really, really happy about."
Chiles shared with POPSUGAR that she first truly realized the Olympics were attainable for her during the 2019 GK US Classic. "That's when I understood, 'OK, if I can be almost prepared after only being two weeks with Cecile and Laurent, then maybe they can take me to where I want to be.'"
We can't wait to see what more Chiles can do in Tokyo. Ahead, check out 11 fun facts about her that you might not know.