MyKayla Skinner Wins Utah’s National MS Society’s 2017 Athlete of the Year Award

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Utah’s sophomore MyKayla Skinner was awarded the 2017 Female Collegiate Athlete of the Year award by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Utah-Southern Idaho Chapter.

The Society mobilises people and resources to support research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by multiple sclerosis. It held its thirty-ninth annual banquet in Salt Lake City on 23 September, and in that occasion they honoured MyKayla Skinner, among others, for her achievements during her freshman year at Utah.

Skinner had an outstanding freshman season. She is an eight-time All-American (four NCAA and four regular season); she is the 2017 NCAA floor exercise co-champion and the all around runner-up, and a three-time 2017 Pac-12 and Regional champion (all around, floor and vault). She scored twice a perfect 10.0 on floor exercise with a routine that included a very difficult double twisting double back (Silivas) opening tumbling pass, and she hit 56 out of 56 routines, competing in the all around every meet.

Before starting university at Utah last fall, Skinner competed as an international elite gymnast for many years, and was a five-time member of the U.S. national gymnastics team. She was an alternate to the 2016 Olympic team and to the 2015 World championships team, and a member of the 2014 World championships team. At Worlds in Nanning, China in 2014, she won gold with the team and bronze on vault.

Article by Talitha Ilacqua

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