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Gilbert/Desert Lights’ MyKayla Skinner completed all of her events at the US Olympic Gymnastics Trials on Friday and is fourth overall in pursuit of one of five berths for the Tokyo Olympics.

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Alternating between 2016 Olympics and 2019 World Championships, the 24-year-old placed third on vaulting (15,133), fifth on floor exercise (13,866) and balance beam (14,133), and 10th on uneven bars (13,466) for 56,598 all-around.

Skinner was fourth all-around in the 2016 trials and then attended University in Utah for three years before returning to elite international gymnastics.

At the U.S. Championships on June 3-6, Skinner finished ninth all-around.

Simone Biles, 2016 Olympic champion and five-time world all-around champion, leads with 60,565, followed by Sunisa Lee (57,666), Jordan Chiles (57,132) Skinner and Grace McCallum (56,498).

After the second day of the women’s competition on Sunday, four women will be chosen for the US team and a fifth will be chosen for Tokyo as a specialist.

Phoenix/Arizona Sunrays’ Jade Carey has already qualified for her first Olympics as an individual.

Carey was second on vault (15,200) in the tests, but 13th on her other specialty on floor (13,133). She considered scratching the floor due to an ankle injury.

Carey also finished 10th on beam (13,266) and 17th on beam (11,300) with a fall. The 21-year-old was 14th all-around (52,899) in the field of 18 women. She was sixth all-round at nationals.

Arizona Sunrays’ Riley McCusker only competed in bars due to an ankle injury sustained during the US Classic on May 22. She scored 14,800, second behind Lee (15,300) and ahead of Biles (14,600).

Gilbert’s Brandon Briones and Chandler’s Allan Bower finished fifth and seventh all-around in the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials on Thursday night.

It was the first of two days of men’s competition in St. Louis that saw a four-man, one-specialist team selected for the Tokyo Olympics, July 23 through August. 8.

Briones and Bower placed fourth and fifth all-around at the U.S. Championships on June 3/5 in Fort Worth, Texas. The 20-man trial field includes some gymnasts who did not compete with nationals, including 2016 Olympic alternate Donnell Whittenburg.

American champion Brody Malone was first Thursday with 85,250 all-round followed by Shane Wiskus (84,300), Yul Moldauer (83,650), two-time Olympian Sam Mikulak (83,200, Briones (82,700), Akash Modi (82,550) and Bower (82,500).

Moldauer and Mikulak were second and third in the nationals with Wiskus, who hit the high bar three times on June 5, in ninth. Wiskus, who said a recent cortisone shot eased the pain of torn ligaments in his wrist, placed third on the high bar on Thursday.

Briones was fourth on parallel bars and sixth on pommel horse. The Stanford gymnast was seventh on high beam (his starting event) and ninth on floor exercises, rings and vaulting.

Bower made the top five on three events – pommel horse, floor and vault – but 10th on high beam and 14th rings and parallel bars.

The men’s competition closes on Saturday.

The women, including Jade Carey, MyKayla Skinner and Riley McCusker who train in metro Phoenix, will compete Friday and Sunday.

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