MyKayla Brooke Skinner Harmer (born December 9, 1996) is an American artistic gymnast. She has qualified to compete at the 2020 Olympic Games. She was previously the 2016 Olympic alternate on the women's gymnastics team. Skinner competed at the 2014 World Championships where she contributed to the U.S. team's gold medal, also winning an individual bronze medal on vault. She has won 11 total medals at the USA National Championships during her senior career and competed for the University of Utah's gymnastics team and is a two-time NCAA champion.
Skinner was born on December 9, 1996, in Gilbert, Arizona to Cris and Kym Skinner. She has three older siblings, Jeremy, Chelsea and Katie, two of whom are former gymnasts themselves. Skinner is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She lives in Gilbert, Arizona and said that her role model is Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson.
Skinner trained with the coaches of Desert Lights Gymnastics in Chandler, Arizona. Her personal coach was the head coach of the club, Lisa Spini. She attended Higley High School in 2011 as a freshman and was home schooled starting in 2012. In November 2014, Skinner committed to join the University of Utah program as a collegiate gymnast beginning in 2015, deferring this to 2016 to pursue a place on the USA team for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
On October 16, 2019, Skinner announced on Instagram that she was engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Jonas Harmer. They were married the following month on November 14.
Skinner was the junior individual all-around champion of the 2011 American Classic.
She was named to the junior US national team after finishing tenth in the all-around and second on vault at the National Championships.
Skinner became a member of the U.S. senior national team in 2012. She was a member of the winning U.S. squad at the City of Jesolo Trophy in March. In June, she finished 15th all around at the U.S. Nationals and third on vault. She had hoped to make the 2012 US women's Olympic team but was not selected to compete at the Olympic Trials.
Skinner competed at the Fiesta Bowl in early 2013, winning every individual event except for the floor exercise where she tied for eighth place. At the 2013 P&G Championships she placed third on vault and floor. She finished sixth in the all-around.
Skinner was a member of the winning U.S. squad at the City of Jesolo Trophy in March, where she won the gold on vault and floor exercise and placed fourth in the all-around.
In August and September, Skinner competed at the Pan American Championships in Mississauga, Canada. She helped the American team place first in the team competition. Individually, she placed first in the all-around competition with a score of 56.850. In the event finals, she placed first on vault scoring 15.037, seventh on balance beam scoring 13.475, and first on floor scoring 14.750.
Skinner was selected to compete at the 2014 World Championships in Nanning, China. She won a gold medal with the U.S. in the team competition, contributing a score of 15.775 on vault and 14.666 on the floor. In the event finals, Skinner won a bronze medal in the vault, with a score of 15.366, and placed fourth in the floor exercise final, scoring a 14.700, losing out on a second bronze medal to Aliya Mustafina who had a score of 14.733.
Skinner competed at the 2015 AT&T American Cup, held in Arlington, Texas, on March 7, 2015. She placed second to Simone Biles in that event with a score of 57.832.
On July 25, at the U.S. Classic, competing on a recently injured ankle, Skinner finished 7th in the all-around with a score of 55.500. On beam, she had a fall on her back-handspring tuck full series. She had a stable routine the rest of the way and scored a 12.800, placing 12th on the event. On floor exercise, one of her best events, she threw in her Moors (double twisting double layout) and her Silivas (double twisting double tuck), but she watered down her last two tumbling passes to protect her ankle from further injury. She fell on her double tuck and scored a low 13.500 from a 6.3 start value, placing 9th on the event. She scored a 15.100 on her Cheng vault and a 14.800 on her double-twisting Yurchenko, for an average of 14.950 and placed second. She ended on bars with a more difficult routine and scored a respectable 14.100, placing her 10th.
Skinner was named to the senior national team once again and was invited to the 2015 Worlds Selection Camp in September, followed by another camp in early October. On October 8, she was named as an alternate to the USA team for the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, and she did not compete or participate in qualifications.
At the 2016 U.S. National Championships, Skinner finished 10th in the all-around and won a silver medal on vault and a bronze medal on floor exercise. At this point in her senior career, she had nine total medals at the U.S. National Championships.
Skinner then competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials, where she finished fourth in the all-around. On July 10, Skinner was named as an alternate to the 2016 Olympic team alongside Ashton Locklear and Ragan Smith. Afterward, Skinner retweeted Twitter posts that were negative toward the selection committee and Gabby Douglas. Douglas was one of the gymnasts who were chosen for the team and also placed lower in the all-around than her, the other one being Madison Kocian.
In November 2014, Skinner signed a National Letter of Intent for the University of Utah and the Utah Red Rocks program. Skinner was recruited along with Shannon McNatt, MaKenna Merrell, and Erika Muhaw as Utah looked to fill gaps left by the graduation of four of its seniors, including Georgia Dabritz and Tory Wilson. Utah coach Greg Marsden said that Skinner was "one of the top gymnasts in the world" with "the potential to get even better as a result of her passion for the sport. She loves to flip and twist." In April 2015, Skinner announced that she would defer enrolling at Utah by a year to concentrate on making the 2016 Olympic team.
Skinner enrolled at the University of Utah in 2016 as a member of its NCAA women's gymnastics team and competed in the all-around. During her freshman season Skinner won 43 total events. She was the PAC-12 champion in the individual all-around and on vault and floor exercise. At the NCAA Championships, Skinner finished second in the individual all-around with a score of 39.6125, behind Alex McMurtry of Florida. She was a national champion on floor exercise with a 9.9625 alongside Ashleigh Gnat of LSU and was also fifth on vault and eighth on balance beam. The following day, she led Utah to fifth place in the team competition finals.
In the 2018 season Skinner hit all 54 of her routines without a fall. At the PAC-12 Championships, she helped Utah finish in second place. Individually Skinner tied for first in the all-around alongside Kyla Ross of UCLA and tied for first on floor exercise alongside Katelyn Ohashi of UCLA and Elizabeth Price of Stanford. At the 2018 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championship Skinner won silver in the all-around behind Maggie Nichols of Oklahoma and finished first on vault alongside Brenna Dowell of Oklahoma and Alex McMurtry of Florida.
At the PAC-12 Championships Skinner scored her third career perfect 10 on floor exercise. She finished second in the all-around and in the team finals and won gold on floor and vault. During the regional finals, Skinner fell on her uneven bars routine, ending her 161 routine streak without a fall, but setting a new record. At the NCAA Championships Skinner placed seventh in the all-around after a subpar beam routine. She recorded the second highest vault and floor exercise scores but placed fifth due to four gymnasts tying for the title. Utah ended up finishing fourth in their semifinal and did not advance to Four on the Floor.
On April 25, 2019, Skinner officially confirmed her intention to return to elite gymnastics to make a run at the 2020 Olympics. She was invited to attend the June national team training camp, which was her first training camp since coming back to the elite level.
In July 2019, Skinner made her return to elite competition at the 2019 U.S. Classic. She performed on vault, balance beam, and floor exercise. On vault she scored a 14.900 for her Amanar, the second highest single vault score behind Simone Biles and tied with Jade Carey. On balance beam and floor exercise she placed eleventh and fourteenth respectively.
At the 2019 U.S. National Championships, Skinner competed all four events on the first day of competition and ended the night in ninth place, tied with Grace McCallum. On the second day of competition, she fell off the balance beam and placed eighth in the all-around and won bronze on vault behind Simone Biles and Jade Carey. As a result, she was added to the national team.
In September Skinner competed at the US World Championships trials where she placed fourth in the all-around behind Simone Biles, Sunisa Lee, and Kara Eaker. The following day she competed on uneven bars and balance beam, posting the fourth highest balance beam score behind Biles, Eaker, and Morgan Hurd. Due to her performance, she was named to the worlds team to travel to the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart alongside Biles, Lee, Eaker, Jade Carey, and Grace McCallum. She was named as alternate subsequently after podium training, with the US women then qualifying in first to the team final and securing the gold medal.
In March Skinner was selected to compete at the International Gymnix meet in Montreal alongside Emily Lee, Lilly Lippeatt, and Faith Torrez. While there she helped the USA win team gold and individually she placed second in the all-around behind Lee. During event finals Skinner won the vault, uneven bars, and floor exercise titles.
In January Skinner revealed on Instagram that she was hospitalized with pneumonia that resulted from COVID-19. She had planned on competing at the 2021 Winter Cup but withdrew due to insufficient training after recovering from COVID-19. However, in March Skinner attended at a national team camp and was named to the national team. In May Skinner competed at the U.S. Classic where she finished tenth in the all-around and finished first on vault. Skinner was one of five gymnasts featured on the Peacock docuseries Golden: The Journey of USA's Elite Gymnasts.
At the National Championships Skinner competed the all-around both days and finished in ninth place after falling off the balance beam and going out of bounds on floor exercise on the first night. She won silver on vault behind Simone Biles and placed ninth on uneven bars, tenth on floor exercise, and sixteenth on balance beam. As a result she was added to the national team and qualified to compete at the Olympic Trials. At the Olympic Trials, Skinner finished fifth in the all-around and was selected to represent the United States as the non-nominative spot at the Tokyo Olympics, meaning she will compete as an individual instead of on the four-member USA team.
On July 3 Skinner announced that she will retire from gymnastics competitions after the Olympics, returning to University of Utah to complete her degree but forgoing the remainder of her NCAA scholarship and turning pro.
At the Olympic Games Skinner performed the all-around during qualifications. She hit all four routines and finished in eleventh place and was the fourth highest scoring American behind Simone Biles, Sunisa Lee and Jade Carey; however she did not qualify to the final due to two-per-country limitations. Additionally she recorded the fourth highest vault score but did not advance to the final due to Simone Biles and Jade Carey scoring higher.
|2010||U.S. National Championships||25||8||30||22||33|
|Nastia Liukin Cup||5|
|U.S. National Championships||10||20||15||15|
|2012||City of Jesolo Trophy||10|
|US National Championships||15||20||17||11|
|U.S. National Championships||6||9||11|
|2014||City of Jesolo Trophy||4|
|U.S. National Championships||5||11||6|
|Pan American Championships||7|
|U.S. National Championships||7||16||7|
|2016||Glasgow World Cup|
|City of Jesolo Trophy||5|
|U.S. National Championships||10||17||18|
|U.S. Olympic Trials||4||12||5||5|
|2017||Competed NCAA only|
|U.S. National Championships||8||9||14||5|
|Worlds Team Selection Camp||4||6||8||5|
|U.S. National Championships||9||9||16||10|
|Olympic Games Qualifications||11||4||31||27||14|
Career perfect 10.0
|2017||March 3, 2017||Floor Exercise||Utah vs Stanford|
|March 18, 2017||PAC-12 Championships|
|2019||March 22, 2019|