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Cheer For Your Favorite Team USA Gymnasts at the Gold Over America Tour This Fall

PopSugar by Samantha Brodsky
August 19, 2021

Olympic artistic gymnastics may be over, but there's a lot more of the sport to look forward to, including the world championships in the fall, the upcoming collegiate season, and the Athleta-sponsored Gold Over America Tour spanning 35 cities and seven weeks. This tour, led by Simone Biles and described as a "gymnastics-meets-pop-concert spectacular" with social media interactions and videos, begins in Tucson, AZ, on Sept. 21, and ends on Nov. 7 in Boston. Stops in between include Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, and Newark, NJ. (For the full list of cities, click here.) A press release states the series of shows is rooted in the gymnasts' values like mental health awareness, empowerment, and body-image positivity.

Olympic vault silver medalist MyKayla Skinner and team silver medalist Jordan Chiles were already confirmed for the tour, but Jade Carey, the Olympic floor gold medalist, and Grace McCallum, who received team silver as well, are new additions to the lineup. This means that you'll have the opportunity to see every Team USA woman gymnast from the Tokyo Games, minus all-around champ Sunisa Lee, who's at Auburn University, where she'll compete on the gymnastics team for the 2022 season. Biles did, however, tell the Associated Press that Lee might be making a cameo or two.

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With medals to their names, incoming freshmen gymnasts turn their attention to the Pac-12

PAC 12 by Gabe Lehman
August 18, 2021

The usual packing list for incoming college students can be pretty monotonous - textbooks, a laptop, cheap dorm furniture - but four Pac-12 student-athletes who are about to begin their collegiate careers need to remember one more special item: Olympic medals.

Team USA’s Jordan Chiles, Jade Carey, Grace McCallum and Great Britain’s Amelia Morgan will all be bringing Olympic hardware with them when they unpack their bags at their respective Pac-12 universities later this fall.

Chiles proved that she is a force in competition, after performing on all four apparatuses to help Team USA to a silver medal in the team competition. Her pristine skillset and savvy social media presence (Will Yoder of Instagram Sports Partnerships reports that Chiles added over 240,000 Instagram followers during the Tokyo games) made her an international sensation.

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Normani & Jordan Chiles May Be Each Other’s Biggest Fan

Bustle by Grace Wahnianen
August 15, 2021

Gymnast Jordan Chiles helped earn her team a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics — but even though the games are over, she keeps on winning. She can now say she has celebrity fans, including one of her favorite singers, Normani.

Early on in the Olympics, Chiles realized that Normani had recently befriended her on Instagram, beginning with a follow and direct message, she recounted during a July 28 Access interview. The gymnast didn’t even register it as real life until some time after it happened (relatable to anyone who ever checks their phone at 3 a.m.). “I got up, I went to go get breakfast, came back, it was her,” she said, detailing the dreamlike experience of seeing the singer in her DMs. “My day is made, I can go back to bed now,” she joked.

It turned out Normani’s DM was a simple heart-eye emoji reaction to a photo of Chiles with teammate Simone Biles, but that was just the start of their budding friendship. During a celebratory Access interview after the Olympics, Chiles was treated to a surprise video message from Normani herself — and understandably, the athlete got pretty emotional. However, Normani herself seemed just as starstruck in her recording.

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Want to see Simone Biles and Jordan Chiles live? Your chance is coming up in Charlotte

The Charlotte Observer by Olivia Olsher
August 14, 2021

When Simone Biles dropped out of the women’s gymnastics team competition last month and the weight of an Olympic medal for the U.S. fell suddenly on 20-year-old Jordan Chiles’ shoulders, Chiles knew she had to do what she has always done:

“I just switched my brain real quick and said, ‘Hey, look, you just got to do this, go out there, and have fun,’” Chiles told the Observer. “So that’s what I did.”

While much of the recent gymnastics coverage has centered around the pressure and mental strain of competing, Chiles is quick to note that above all, gymnastics is about the euphoria of performing seemingly impossible feats, and having fun doing it. On October 27, the pure joy and spectacle of U.S. women’s gymnastics, featuring Biles, Chiles, and other current and former Olympic gymnasts, is coming to Charlotte.

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Normani Makes Jordan Chiles Tear Up After Tokyo Olympics

August 13, 2021

Vancouver to celebrate Olympian Jordan Chiles with parade, key to the city

August 13, 2021

VANCOUVER, Wash. — There's cause for celebration in Vancouver: Olympian Jordan Chiles is returning from the Tokyo Games with a silver medal!

In honor of the elite athlete, the city is hosting a homecoming parade next weekend on Sunday, August 22, and everyone is invited.

Starting at 1 p.m., the parade will begin at the Dairy Queen in Uptown Village and travel down Main Street to West 6th Avenue. It will continue down 6th Ave. where it will stop at Vancouver City Hall. Vintage cars donated for the occasion will carry Chiles and her family.

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The city will host a celebration on August 22 with silver medal gymnast Jordan Chiles and her family. The public is invited to attend

August 13, 2021

VANCOUVER, Wash. — The city of Vancouver, Wash. is hosting a homecoming celebration for local gymnast Jordan Chiles after her return from the Tokyo Olympics where she helped Team USA win a silver medal.

Chiles stepped in to compete on the balance beam and the uneven bars in the team final after Simone Biles pulled out of the competition.

The celebration on Sunday, August 22 will start with a homecoming parade for the Vancouver native at 1 p.m. that'll go south down Main Street from Uptown Village and end at Vancouver City Hall. Spectators are invited to position themselves along Main Street to cheer Chiles and her family on.

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Jordan Chiles talk Olympics, UCLA, and how she got her name

Fox 11 Los Angeles
August 12, 2021

Vancouver to honor Olympic medalist Chiles with parade, key to city

The Columbian by Jeff Klein
August 12, 2021

Gymnast Jordan Chiles will get a chance to celebrate her Olympic silver medal with the city she grew up in.

The city of Vancouver is throwing her a parade starting at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22.

And the community is invited to come out and celebrate, as well.

Chiles, a 2019 Prairie High School graduate who trained at Naydenov Gymnastics, won silver in the team competition with her United States teammates.

She competed in the vault, floor exercise and balance beam at Tokyo.

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'Gold in our eyes': Chiles relishes hard-fought silver medal

Reuters by Rory Carroll
August 12, 2021

LOS ANGELES, Aug 11 (Reuters) - After the U.S. women's gymnastics team won silver at the Tokyo Olympics without leader Simone Biles, Jordan Chiles had a message for her good friend as they stood shoulder to shoulder on the podium.

The team would not be getting used to second place.

"I looked at Simone and said, 'This is the last time you'll ever see silver around our necks'," Chiles told Reuters on Wednesday.

"And she started laughing because it's true. Yes, we won silver - we didn't just get silver - but we're all so dedicated and so strong. People should understand everything we've gone through to be silver medallists," she said.

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US Gymnast Jordan Chiles Reflects On Tokyo Games

Republic World
August 10, 2021

"Journeys are curveballs sometimes," said Chiles of the unexpected substitution. "A lot of stuff gets thrown at you.

U.S. Olympic women's gymnast Jordan Chiles saw more than a silver medal in her hands after returning from the challenging Tokyo 2020 games. "It's my shield," said Chiles during an interview in Los Angeles. "It's a shield." Weeks of wearing masks and isolation from friends and family posed unique challenges for Chiles and her US teammates during the Games. But Chiles came away energized by the opportunity.

"The experience was an amazing thing," said Chiles. "I definitely would say I would do it again, I would do it again." After American star Simone Biles withdrew from the women's gymnastics team final competition following one rotation, Chiles stepped in to take Biles' place on uneven bars and balance beam. The 20-year-old who made the team with her steady consistency pulled off a solid bars routine and drilled her balance beam set two days after falling twice on the event.

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US Gymnast Jordan Chiles on Tokyo Games

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August 10, 2021

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August 9, 2021

Here's How Jordan Chiles Supported BFF Simone Biles After Her Olympics Withdrawal

E! Online by Samantha Bergeson
August 9, 2021

Best friends forever—and that really means forever.

Olympic gymnastics duo Simone Biles and Jordan Chiles are besties both on and off the mat, and when it came to Biles' mental health during the Tokyo Olympics, Chiles always had her back.

"I supported her as much as I could," Chiles exclusively explained on Aug. 8 during E! News' Daily Pop. "You can't be in somebody's body, and at the same time, you don't know what they're going through, just outside of just the gymnastics world. So I was just there, I supported her. I asked her, 'Hey, do you need anything? I can help you with this or that.' You know, her answers are, 'No, I'm good, I just need to be for myself.' However she was feeling that day, I was like, 'OK, I give you my love. You can receive it.' I just try to support her in different ways."

Chiles admitted that the gymnastics team was surprised by Biles' case of the "twisties" at first. "After that whole incident happened with her, it was something that were all very shocked by," Chiles continued. "I was just like, 'Oh my goodness, this is crazy.'"

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American gymnast Jordan Chiles cried tears of joy as BFF Simone Biles made her bronze-medal Olympics return

Insider by Meredith Cash
August 4, 2021

After overcoming mental-health struggles and a case of "the twisties," Simone Biles returned to the biggest stage in sports for one last performance at the Tokyo Olympics.

The 24-year-old's third-place finish in Tuesday's balance beam final gave her arguably the most impressive medal of the seven she's collected in her Olympics career. But outside of the bronze itself, it felt as though the whole world was beaming with pride thanks to Biles' incredible display of strength and perseverance.

But perhaps no one was more overjoyed than Biles' best friend and teammate, Jordan Chiles.

The 20-year-old member of Team USA's "The Fighting Four" — who also trains alongside Biles at the World Champions Centre in Spring, Texas — was in the stands Tuesday as her sport's most decorated athlete completed her final event in Tokyo.

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How 4 Black Gymnasts Style Their Hair for Competition

Allure by Malik Peay
August 2, 2021

The somersaults, tumbles, flips, dips, and stuck landings at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships this past June set off a deluge of gifs, video-embedded tweets, and TikToks. But even with all the stunning, "I-would-bust-my-ass-if-I-ever-tried-that" acrobatics, a simple moment, related only tangentially to athleticism, struck a chord with many folks online.

Simone Biles, the world's most decorated gymnast, was filmed carefully, dutifully tying a ribbon into her teammate Zoe Miller's hair. She placed it, rather unfussily, at the base of Miller's high bun. You can tell it's something she's done a million times before, a manifestation of the camaraderie between her and her teammates. It was almost like a natural reflex as Miller plopped down in front of Biles, who wordlessly went to work adding the flourish to her look.

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Spider-Man Day with Jordan Chiles, Simone Biles, and Their Amazing Olympic Friendsn

The Nerds of Color by Dominic Mah
August 1, 2021

August 1 is Spider-Man Day, celebrating Marvel Comics’ best-known character in all his myriad incarnations. This year, August 1 also happens to be the first day of gymnastics individual event finals at the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. If you are in Japan, where it is already tomorrow (relative to the United States): ハッピー スパイダーマン デー! Team USA gymnast Jordan Chiles, an avid Spider-Fan, performs her floor exercise accompanied by a suite of music from the Spider-Man films, including the quote from the classic theme song for the 1960’s animated TV show.

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All About “Biles And Chiles”: Simone Biles And Jordan Chiles’s Sweet Friendship

Elle by Hilary Weaver
July 31, 2021

Simone Biles’s name has been in the headlines even more than usual this week, after she pulled out of the gymnastics team finals at the Tokyo Olympics to prioritize her mental health.

“Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue,” USA Gymnastics said in a statement. “She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.” Her coach later told NBC: “Physically she is fine. But she is done for the night.”

She has since withdrawn from the vault and uneven bars events. Many people—Michelle Obama among them—have backed up Biles’s decision to take care of herself in the face of immense pressure. One of the loudest voices in that large crowd of supporters is Jordan Chiles, Biles’s 20-year-old teammate and best friend, who stepped in for her in the team all-around competition on Tuesday.

“To my best friend, just thinking about everything we have gone through together from us getting mad at each other for no reason to laughing at jokes, to bringing the love of this sport back to me with your help words can’t explain how proud I am of you,” she wrote in an Instagram post this week. “I LOVE YOU and am literally crying just thinking about everything. WE did this together🥺 -love jo🤞🏾💕”

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"She's Not a Quitter": Teammates Jordan Chiles and Grace McCallum Stand by Simone Biles

PopSugar by Perri Konecky
July 28, 2021

It was the news heard around the world: Simone Biles was withdrawing from the all-around gymnastics competition and team finals for her mental health during the Tokyo Olympics. While fans voiced their support on social media and applauded the athlete for being able to make such a huge decision after bearing "the weight of the world on her shoulders," her teammates stepped up without hesitation and won the silver medal. Team USA gymnasts Jordan Chiles and Grace McCallum sat down with Today's Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie to discuss Biles's decision as well as the huge honor of winning silver, and you can feel their emotions through the screen.

Almost immediately after hearing the news that Biles would not be competing that day, all eyes turned to McCallum, who had to hit the floor and do what they had been practicing for years. "I was really stressed because I knew that my routine probably set the whole mood for the rest of the meet," she said. "It was a lot of pressure . . . I was on the verge of tears, but I just knew that I had to do my gymnastics, nothing more, nothing less."

As for Chiles, competing on bars and beam were not exactly in her plans for the day, but with Biles out, it was her time to shine. "I truly knew in my body that I could pull out everything that I had," she said. "I did have to fill some humongous shoes out there, but I did it for a reason. I did it for her." And while Biles might not have been on the floor, she was on the sidelines, rooting for her team like the cheerleader she is. "She was with us the whole time, literally the whole time," Chiles added.

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Team USA gymnast Jordan Chiles has an important reminder: 'We didn't just get silver, we won silver'

USA Today by Charles Curtis
July 28, 2021

There’s a problem with the way some people are talking about the fact that the United States’ women’s gymnastics team winning silver on Tuesday.

Yes, Simone Biles pulled out after her first vault attempt. But the rest of the team — Jordan Chiles, Suni Lee and Grace McCallum — picked up without her and put together a remarkable performance to win a silver medal.

Do you know how hard it is to be second in the world in the top competition in the world, especially with the sudden change of Biles’ absence? Chiles delivered a great reminder about how to think about this. In an interview with NBC’s Maria Taylor in which the trio broke down their reactions to when Biles was out, she had this to say:

“We still got a medal for the United States of America. For the medal count, it’s a huge thing, but in our minds, this silver medal is a gold medal. We didn’t just get silver, we won silver … we did this to show, no matter who you are, no matter the circumstances, if you put people who know what they’re doing out onto that floor, they can succeed and fulfill what they need to do.”

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Jordan Chiles Doing Her Olympic Floor Routine to the Spider-Man Theme Is a Mood

The Mary Sue by Rachel Leishman
July 28, 2021

My favorite sport at the summer Olympics is gymnastics, mainly because I used to be a gymnast, so I understand what’s going on. And with each year, we’re shown time and time again just how good our Olympic team is. This year, Jordan Chiles put down a floor routine that would make Peter Parker himself proud, and yes, I am crying about it.

Chiles starts her routine innocently enough. As she is about to do a layout, the music fades out, and as she lands, it’s none other than the Spider-Man theme song from the Tom Holland movies. Chiles has style, skill, and is my favorite kind of gymnast: a nerd. Now, we almost missed out on this routine because Chiles almost gave up on her gymnastic career, but with the help of Simone Biles, she found her happy place again and came back to the sport.

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Gymnast Jordan Chiles Defends Simone Biles After She Withdraws at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

E! by Samantha Schnurr
July 28, 2021

When it comes to Simone Biles, Jordan Chiles "will forever be by her side."

The United States gymnast made her support of the GOAT crystal clear in a July 28 interview on Today, mere hours after it was announced Biles had withdrawn from the final individual all-around competition at the Olympics in Tokyo "in order to focus on her mental health," a USA Gymnastics statement cited. The news came less than 24 hours after the gold medalist first withdrew from the the team final competition before the U.S. gymnasts ultimately secured the silver.

"I was there for her, I supported her," Chiles, 20, told Today's Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb. "I did try to tell her, 'Look, you know how to do everything and this is you. This is your moment. It's all up to you.'"

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Jordan Chiles and Grace McCallum couldn't be more adorable meeting Michael Phelps

TODAY by Drew Weisholtz
July 28, 2021

Grace McCallum and Jordan Chiles were among the U.S. gymnasts who won a silver medal in the women's team competition on Tuesday, but they may have enjoyed an even bigger thrill Wednesday when they met swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian in history, while appearing on TODAY.

McCallum and Chiles, who appeared on TODAY to talk about teammate Simone Biles’ withdrawal from the individual all-around and team competitions, had both noticed Phelps on set. That's when Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie arrange for them to meet live on the air.

“We’ll let you guys meet and chat and get a picture, but we just thought it would be nice for you guys to get introduced here,” Savannah said.

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Jordan Chiles’ ‘Superhero’ Floor Routine Is Simply Spectacular

Yahoo! Life by Matthew Hart
July 28, 2021

Question: What were you doing when you were 20 years old? Settling into your sophomore year at college? Working as an intern somewhere? Probably not flying through the air at the Olympics as a world-class athlete. That’s reserved for people like Jordan Chiles at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In the video below, we see Chiles’ ultra-spectacular “superhero-inspired” routine, which looks like something that only a machine with literal springs for legs could pull off. (Incidentally they probably will be able to sometime soon.)

In the video, Chiles, an American artistic gymnast who’s already taken home a silver team medal, shows off her incredible floor routine. Like the extraordinary sequences from Simone Biles we’ve seen before, this one involves the athlete pulling off a whole bunch of twists, flips, and twisting flips. And while we’re not sure if it’s as impressive as Biles’ epic triple-double, it obviously still looks extremely difficult.

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Jordan Chiles Breaks Down In Tears After Being Called 'Hero' At Tokyo Olympics: 'That Hit My Heart'

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The Physics Behind Gymnastics, Explained (Vaults, Tumbles and Flips)

July 22, 2021

Future UCLA gymnast Jordan Chiles to strive for gold in Tokyo Olympics

Daily Burn by Sam Settleman
July 22, 2021

One year removed from a silver medal at the 2017 U.S. Championships, Jordan Chiles had seemingly lost a step.

An 11th-place finish at the 2018 U.S. Championships punctuated a statistically down year for the incoming UCLA gymnastics freshman. But with one more competition left on the calendar, she reluctantly packed her bags and made the trip to Sarasota, Florida, for the World Championships Trials – where she shared a room with Simone Biles.

Chiles moped through the week of training, wishing she weren’t there – until a conversation with Biles inspired the change she had been longing for.

“I was like, ‘Maybe I just need to talk to somebody,’ because it was just in me where I was like ‘I don’t know what to do,’” Chiles said. “So Simone sat there, she opened her ears and I explained everything.”

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10 to Watch in Tokyo: Jordan Chiles

KGW8 by KGW Staff
July 22, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore. — Jordan Chiles dreamed of becoming an Olympian when she was a kid and now that dream is reality. Chiles and Team USA are the favorites to win gold in the women's gymnastics team competition.

Her journey to Tokyo started with a chance encounter with Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson.

"It was after the 2008 Olympics," Chiles told KGW in a Zoom interview. "I told my mom I wanted to be an Olympian. I didn't know how I was going do that or what sport I was going to do it in."

Three years later, her training at Naydenov Gymnastics in Vancouver got serious. And she started competing with the U.S. National Team and won first place in 2014 in Italy.

Chiles dreamed of representing Team USA at the 2016 Olympics, but she missed the birthday deadline by four months.

After missing out on the 2018 World Championships, Chiles was ready to stop competing internationally and head to college at UCLA.

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Comeback Kid! Team USA Gymnast Jordan Chiles On Her Road to Tokyo #OnHerMark

Essentially Sports by Bhavishya Mittal
July 22, 2021

It's been a blur for 20-year-old Jordan Chiles since she found out she made the Team USA gymnastics team for the Tokyo Games, a longtime dream come true.

But while Chiles has worked hard since she was a child in the sport she loves, she almost gave up in 2018.

"I don't think this sport really wants me, and it was kind of hard to truly feel that because I was, like, I've gone through so much just to get to where I am right now and being how I was and sad," says Chiles.

That all changed when she moved to Texas and got a pep talk from 'big sister', gymnastics GOAT Simone Biles

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An interview with USA Gymnastics star Jordan Chiles

July 21, 2021

Get to know Jordan Chiles: From nearly giving up on gymnastics to competing at Tokyo Olympics

USA Today by Alyssa Hertel
July 21, 2021

Jordan Chiles seemed destined for gymnastics greatness after finishing second in the all-around at the 2017 U.S. Nationals.

But after finishing 11th in 2018, she considered quitting elite gymnastics altogether.

That’s when Simone Biles stepped in, suggesting that Chiles move to Texas to train at her home gym under new coaches. Chiles graduated high school, and two days later she left her home state of Washington.

She’s found her passion since then, and it’s paid off with a spot on the U.S. women’s gymnastics team at the Tokyo Olympics.

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How USA’s Gymnasts Simone Biles and Jordan Chiles Are Training for Tokyo Olympics 2021?

Essentially Sports by Bhavishya Mittal
July 5, 2021

It’s been a couple of years since Jordan Chiles joined Simone Biles to practice for the Tokyo Olympics 2021. Now not only that both are training partners they also share a close sisterly bond and that will now feature in Tokyo as well. While Chiles is an upcoming sensation, Biles has established herself as one of the best in history.

Chiles had first thought about dropping gymnasium before she was encouraged by Biles to leave Washington and come to Houston, Texas to train at her gym with her coaches Cecile and Laurent Landi. Now they both train under the same coaches and at World Champions Centre in Houston, Texas.

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WIB Magazine
July 3, 2021


What to know about gymnastics star Jordan Chiles, who credits Houston for her spot in Tokyo Olympics

Houston Chronicle
June 30, 2021

Jordan Chiles, who trains here in Spring alongside Simone Biles at the World Champions Centre, qualified for the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team on Sunday, June 27. Here's what you should know about the breakout star.

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Jordan Chiles Shows Off Sneaker Collection

June 29, 2021

Want to Know What a Core-quake Feels Like? Try Jordan Chiles's and Simone Biles's Ab Workout

MSN by Samantha Brodsky
June 29, 2021

Want to Know What a Core-quake Feels Like? Try Jordan Chiles's and Simone Biles's Ab Workout.

Jordan Chiles is off to the Olympics along with friend, fellow World Champions Centre gymnast, and most decorated athlete in World Artistic Gymnastics Championship history Simone Biles. They are now both members of the four-person Tokyo team, and Chiles told POPSUGAR earlier this month that their typical training schedule, as we'd expect, consists of long hours - and we mean long. Monday through Thursday, they have double sessions, followed by one workout apiece on Friday and Saturday, Chiles said. On those days with single practices, they sometimes do a team ab workout that coaches Laurent Landi and Cecile Canqueteau-Landi created during the COVID-19 shelter-in-place period.

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Gymnast Jordan Chiles Is on Her Way to the Tokyo Olympics — Get to Know Her

PopSugar by Samantha Brodsky
June 28, 2021

Sure, Jordan Chiles's last name rhymes with Biles, but the 20-year-old is holding her own in gymnastics. After a spectacular two-night performance and third-place all-around finish at Olympic Trials, she was selected for the four-person women's artistic gymnastics team heading to the Tokyo Games.

"I need to be able to go out there and just be Jordan and not try to be somebody that — I don't know, like the next Gabby [Douglas], the next Simone," the senior national team member told USA Today this year. "I want to be the next Jordan. I'm myself.".

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Meet The USA Women’s Gymnastics Team, Led By Simone Biles

June 28, 2021

Jordan Chiles qualifies for Tokyo, 3 years after nearly quitting gymnastics (video)

NBC Sports by Alex Azzi
June 27, 2021

On Sunday night at 2021 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials, Jordan Chiles finished third and was selected to represent the U.S. at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

Making the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team has been a long-term dream for Chiles, 20, who grew up in Vancouver, Washington.

“When I watched the 2008 Olympics, I knew I wanted to be an Olympian,” Chiles told On Her Turf last month. “But I didn’t really understand the concept of how to do that.”

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Jordan Chiles lost her spark a few years ago. The joy is back, and soon it could take her to Tokyo.

The Washington Post by Emily Giambalvo
June 25, 2021

ST. LOUIS — The highflying tumbling passes and the stuck dismounts that prompt her coach to lift her arms in celebration have put Jordan Chiles in this favorable spot. Chiles’s gymnastics routines have sent her climbing the standings of every meet she has entered this season, including here at the pressure-packed U.S. Olympic trials, where she’s in third place after the first night of competition.

And if Chiles makes the team heading to Tokyo, the massive progress she has shown this year is the reason. But that’s not what her mother, Gina, looks for in her youngest child’s recent success. Yes, there’s the consistency that earned Chiles top-four marks on three apparatuses Friday, and there’s the 57.132 all-around score that places her behind only Simone Biles (60.565), her training partner and the world’s best gymnast, and Sunisa Lee (57.666), another favorite to make the team.

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Beyond The Routine: Jordan Chiles

June 23, 2021

‘I Didn’t Think the Sport Wanted Me Anymore’

New York Times by Juliet Macur
June 24, 2021

ST. LOUIS — Jordan Chiles felt numb. She looked around her bedroom in Vancouver, Wash., at the dozens of medals, the rainbows of ribbons, the trophies standing in formation, all from a gymnastics career that started when she was 6.

None of it meant a thing.

She asked her mother, Gina Chiles, to take it all away. Hide it. Dump it. Burn it. Just make it disappear.

“I don’t want them in my room anymore,” she said to her mother, who was taken by surprise.

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Gymnast & Olympic Hopeful Jordan Chiles Reveals Advice She Got From ‘Best Friend’ Simone Biles

June 24, 2021

Gymnast Jordan Chiles is Peaking Just in Time for the Olympics

Team USA by Blythe Lawrence
June 11, 2021

It was a beginning of sorts, though you can’t blame Jordan Chiles for wondering if it was really the end.

It was 2018, and the 17-year-old gymnast hadn’t been selected for the world championships team — the most important and prestigious event of the competition season — again. It left Chiles at a loose end: the only elite at her Vancouver, Washington, gym felt lonely and lost. She was not from a region of the country known for producing elite gymnasts, and the road she tread to get onto the national team had been a lonely one.

It seemed to be leading nowhere, too. As a junior elite gymnast, Chiles had been considered a potential successor to Simone Biles, but her transition to the senior ranks hadn’t gone as well as anticipated. Though second at the 2017 U.S. Championships, where her save of a wolf turn on balance beam went viral, she was not selected for the four-woman world team. By 2018 Chiles had faded to 11th in the nation.

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'Just be Jordan:' How gymnast Jordan Chiles has positioned herself for Tokyo Olympics

USA Today by Nancy Armour
June 4, 2021

FORT WORTH, Texas — All the talent in the world means nothing without confidence.

Jordan Chiles is a testament to that.

Until a few months ago, she was best known as the gymnast who’d gotten a shoutout from actress Gal Gadot for her Wonder Woman floor routine. Now, on the eve of the national championships, with the women starting on Friday, she’s established herself as the closest thing to a lock for the Tokyo Olympics as anybody not named Simone Biles.

“That's what I was struggling with throughout my whole elite career, trying to prove to people that they were right,” Chiles said in April. “I was kind of doubting myself. I realized being in quarantine and stuff that I need to do this for myself. Like, I need to have fun with this again.

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With new confidence and Simone Biles as her training mate, Jordan Chiles is ready to make the Olympic team

ESPN by D'Arcy Maine
June 3, 2021

Jordan Chiles was just joking when she first started talking to Simone Biles about changing gyms and joining her at the World Champions Centre in Spring, Texas.

But the more they talked about it, the more Chiles couldn't stop thinking about it.

She enjoyed training at Naydenov Gymnastics in her hometown of Vancouver, Washington, but she also felt like she was on the outside, looking in at an Olympic team spot.

She wanted in. All the way in.

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Untaggable: What is #perfection?

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An emotion-packed portrait of gymnastic intensity is the first film in a new series for Audi—exploring how the best things in life are impossible to define. Director Chelsea McMullan captures American athlete Jordan Chiles as she tackles an Amânar vault, one of the most difficult moves in gymnastics.

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Jordan, the Dedicated Gymnast | Citizen Kid by Disney

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