Chandler gymnast makes national team, eyes 2016 Olympics

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by Lisa Fuller-Magee

Video report by Yetta Gibson

Posted on August 28, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 28 at 11:40 AM

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Visit the Desert Lights Gymnastics facility and you just might see one of the nation's newest gymnastic stars.

Elite gymnast MyKayla Skinner trains there. She just participated in the Proctor and Gamble USA Gymnastics Championships in Hartford, Conn. MyKayla was one of just 15 gymnasts who qualified to compete in this meet at the senior level and the only one from Arizona.

With bronze medals in floor and vault, MyKayla's performances in Connecticut earned her a spot on the USA Gymnastics Senior National Team and qualified her for the World Championships Team Selection Camp. In addition to bringing home two bronze medals, MyKayla also finished sixth in the all-around competition. 

MyKayla is known for having some of  the most difficult tumbling routines in the world, as well as a skill that no one else in the U.S. does -- a double twisting double layout (aka the double double). She's the first female gymnast to perform the skill on the competition floor, and it could actually be named for her if she gets the chance to do it again at this year's world championships in Belgium. She performed it live for "Good Morning Arizona" viewers after chatting with 3TV's Yetta Gibson Wednesday morning.

MyKayla hopes to qualify for the USA's World Championship Team, as well as represent the USA in several other international meets that are coming up. Additionally, she is training for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. 

She had previously been on the USA Junior National Gymnastics team in 2011-2012 and represented the USA at the City of Jesolo Trophy in Italy in 2012.

Watch MyKayla's floor routine at the Fiesta Bowl 2013 meet in early February. It's the first time she performed her double double in competition.

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