“Couldn’t Ask For More”: Years After Replacing Simone Biles, Olympic Gymnast Drops Another Exciting Update

Though the gymnastic prodigy Simone Biles had bagged several victories in 2023, she faced a setback two years ago. At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, owing to Simone’s ‘twisties’, the world witnessed a frame-worthy moment on stage. Ahead of her vault routine, the unexpected announcement of withdrawal baffled fans. Former artistic gymnast Mykayla Skinner took Simone’s position and clinched a silver for Team USA. Landing a phenomenal Cheng and an Amanar, Skinner proved herself worthy as a replacement. However, amidst roars of congratulatory messages on Simone’s niece’s birth, the silver medalist announced big this year.

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Earlier in 2023, Mykayla Skinner and her husband, Jonas Harmer, announced their pregnancy. Their wait has finally climaxed. Simone’s favorite teammate gave birth to a beautiful baby girl – Charlotte Jane Harmer.

Simone Biles’ replacement graces motherhood


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After packing her stuff up for leaving the Olympic arena, Skinner’s life took a 180-degree turn two years ago. However, now, the postpartum mother embarked on a different journey. The good news echoed around the social media, and it wouldn’t require long to grab Biles’ attention. Jonas Harmer took to his Instagram handle to post adorable family pictures with the newborn.

He captioned it as “Everyone welcome Lottie! Charlotte Jane Harmer made a safe arrival yesterday afternoon! Mom & baby are happy and healthy. We couldn’t ask for more.” According to the post, it is crystal clear that they nicknamed the little munchkin Lottie. As cute as it gets, the gorgeous baby slept in her parents’ comfort, while the duo held hands and looked affectionate. Inside the baby cot, a circular wooden nameplate featured Charlotte Jane, in golden calligraphy.

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Besides several setbacks and losing hope after competing in preliminaries, Skinner bowed down to Simone for the precious opportunity. Had it not been for her, the Olympian wouldn’t have shone brighter that day.

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In an interview with ‘MOMCAST with Emma Jade’, Mykayla spoke candidly about Simone’s goodness. When the former was on the verge of sitting out, something unpredictable happened. Shedding light on her conversation with the GOAT, the new mother said, “Um, it was crazy. Simone texted me that night after team finals, and was like, ‘MyKayla, there’s no one else I’d rather go in for Vault for me than you, and you deserve every moment of this.’” Hearing this, her ecstasy knew no bounds. She owes her life to Biles for this. Back then, Biles had stated, “Having the twisties on vault, she was kind of like I’m not gonna mess with Vault, I’m not gonna even train or try it.”


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While newlywed Simone embarks on an extraordinarily athletic journey, Skinner has girded up her loins to smother the baby. In no time, Aunt Simone might also jump in to spoil Lottie. Moreover, in some time, the 7X Olympic medalist might join the motherhood tribe as well!

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