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Chiles Named to Olympic Team, Malabuyo Selected as Alternate

Jun 27, 2021
The 2020 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team

Incoming UCLA freshman Jordan Chiles has been selected to the four-person U.S. Olympic team, while Emma Malabuyo was named one of four alternates. Joining Chiles on the U.S. team are Simone Biles, Suni Lee and Grace McCallum. Jade Carey and MyKayla Skinner will also represent the U.S. as individual competitors.

Chiles placed third after two days of competition at the Olympic Team Trials, scoring a combined total of 114.631 in the all-around. Chiles' consistency all season was evident at the Trials, as she hit four-for-four routines both nights, scoring 57.132 on day one and improving to 57.499 on day two. Her average scores were 14.95 on vault, 14.367 on bars, 14.067 on beam and 13.933 on floor. Chiles recorded high marks of 14.966 on vault (day one), 14.433 on bars (day two), 14.233 on beam (day one) and 14.233 on floor (day two).

Malabuyo finished in ninth place overall at the Trials with a two-day total of 110.531 that included a day two score of 55.699 that was sixth-best on the night. Malabuyo's top marks were 14.366 on vault (day one), 13.900 on bars (day one), 14.200 on beam (day two) and 13.733 on floor (day two).

Another future Bruin, Emily Lee, also competed at the Trials and finished 15th after she was unable to finish her final event due to an injury. Lee had high marks of 14.466 on vault and 12.900 on bars on day two and scored 13.833 on beam and 13.733 on floor on day one.

UCLA will be well-represented at the Olympics with Chiles, Malabuyo, Brooklyn Moors (Canada) and Danusia Francis (Jamaica). At least one Bruin gymnast has competed on the U.S. women's team at each Olympics since 2000 (Jamie Dantzscher, Kristen Maloney and Tasha Schwikert in 2000; Mohini Bhardwaj in 2004; Sam Peszek in 2008; Kyla Ross in 2012 and Madison Kocian in 2016).