Chiles, Team USA Win Silver Medal
Incoming freshman Jordan Chiles helped the USA Gymnastics team win silver in Tuesday's team final.
Chiles was originally scheduled to compete on two events, vault and floor exercise, but unexpectedly was pressed to duty after teammate Simone Biles withdrew after the first rotation due to a medical issue. Chiles recorded the team's highest score on vault (14.666) in rotation one and was not expecting to compete until the fourth and final rotation. But when Biles came out of the lineup, Chiles stepped in on uneven bars and contributed a 14.166 in rotation two, fist-pumping after nailing her dismount.
On balance beam in rotation three, Chiles rebounded from a pair of falls in prelims and hit a steady routine that scored 13.433. First-place Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), meanwhile, counted two falls on balance beam, which kept the U.S. within eight-tenths. However, the ROC pulled away on floor exercise, recording two high-scoring routines of 13.9 and 14.166 to finish 3.432 points ahead of the U.S. Great Britain won the bronze.
With the silver in tow, the U.S. women have won a gymnastics team medal in every Olympics since 1992.
While Chiles' Olympic competition comes to a close, fellow Bruin Brooklyn Moors will compete in the all-around final on Thursday.
Chiles and Moors highlight a stellar incoming class for the Bruins in 2022. Season tickets deposits are on sale now at uclabruins.com/tickets.