SALT LAKE CITY — Barring something unexpected, MyKayla Skinner will not be competing at the 2019 World Gymnastics Championships.

Team USA announced Thursday morning that the former University of Utah star will be the team’s alternate at the world championships.

Simone Biles, Jade Carey, Sunisa Lee, Grace McCallum and Kara Eaker, the latter two commits to the University of Utah, will make up the five-athlete American team when competition commences Friday.

“This is never an easy decision to make, and this time it is especially difficult because every gymnast on the team can contribute on multiple events,” Team USA coach Tom Forster said following the announcement. “MyKayla is doing an incredible job with her training and is an important member of this team.”

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Skinner took to Twitter after the news broke, and remained upbeat and in support of her teammates.

“I just wanted to say thank you to everyone!” she wrote. “The past five months have been one heck of a ride but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Still can’t believe I made the worlds team & get to be apart of something so special! Can’t wait to cheer on my girls! They will be amazing.”

Skinner announced she would be postponing her collegiate gymnastics career in pursuit of a spot on the 2020 Olympic team early this year, after leading Utah to its 40th consecutive berth in the NCAA Gymnastics Championships.

In the five months since, the Red Rocks star has made stunning progress in her return to the elite gymnastics world. The next major competition for Skinner will be the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, which will be held from June 25-28 at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis.

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