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Skinner earns bronze medal on vault at U.S. Championships.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – MyKayla Skinner was named to the 2019-20 Senior Women's National Team on Sunday night following impressive performances, which included a bronze medal finish on vault, at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

In her second event back in elite competition, Skinner earned third place on vault, finished fifth place on floor, and claimed eighth place in the all-around en route to her being named a member to the national team.

"I feel so blessed to have made the national team," said Skinner. "I am so proud of how far I have come in just three months of training and am grateful for the opportunity to be on the team again. It has taken a lot of hard work and this is a step in the right direction."

Despite a fall on beam in the first rotation of Sunday's competition, Skinner bounced back in the next three events and surpassed all the scores she posted on Friday in the respective events. Skinner's strong finish solidified her position in the standings, which were determined by combining scores from Friday and Sunday.  

"I definitely felt the nerves come out more because it was the final day," said Skinner on her emotions during the meet. "After I fell on beam, I decided to just go out there and enjoy the moment no matter what happens. I believe that everything happens for a reason, so I wanted to give it my all and have fun."

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Skinner opened the U.S. Championships on Friday night and competed in all four events, adding in her bar routine that didn't see action at the U.S. Classics a few weeks ago. Skinner hit all four routines and came into Sunday tied for ninth in the all-around.

This selection marks Skinner's fifth time as a member of the U.S. Senior National Team. The members of the national team will have a national team camp Sept. 5-8, followed by the World Championships selection camp later that month in Sarasota, Fla. The World Championships will take place in October in Stuttgart, Germany.
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