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Skye Blakely Making A Splash Early In Elite Career
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By Ashlee Buhler

From the moment she stepped onto the podium at her first elite competition, it was clear Skye Blakely had something special. With a rare blend of power, grace and poise, Skye makes competing at the sports highest level look easy.

Her journey in the sport started at the age of 3. At the time her mother had already enrolled her in ballet and tap classes and was looking to add another activity; so gymnastics it was.

As a young girl progressing through the sport, she looked up to 2012 Olympic Champion Gabby Douglas. “When I started watching her I had recently joined the competitive team at my gym,” Skye said. “I was inspired because she looked like me and she was so talented.”

In 2018, Skye joined the coveted elite ranks, following in the footsteps of her older sister Sloane Blakely, who became an elite in 2016. Being able to train alongside her sister has been a great source of motivation, Skye said.

“I love having a sister who is also elite. We get to go on this journey side by side. One way we push each other is when one of us gets a new skill, the other will be motivated to get it too. We also encourage each other when one of us is having a bad day. Being side by side motivates us to be the best we can be.”

The Blakely sisters train together at WOGA in Frisco, Texas. Sloane was added to the senior national team in February 2019, while Skye became a member of the junior national team after a phenomenal performance at the 2018 U.S. Championships.

Skye left a lasting impression at her first-ever appearance at the U.S. Championships, finishing third on vault, second on bars, fifth on floor, and fourth all-around. After having to take time off the season prior to nurse an elbow injury, Skye couldn’t have asked for much more.

“After coming back from an injury, being able to have a strong first season of elite really helped my confidence,” she said. “Before my elite season I hadn’t competed in a while so I was still trying to gain confidence. By the end of season I had gained a lot of faith in Christ and in who I am as a gymnast and person.”

Skye started her 2019 season strong by making her international debut at the Gymnix International. She helped team USA to the gold medal as well as bringing home gold on vault, gold on bars and a bronze in the all-around.

In the gym she is currently working on a few upgrades to ensure she stays competitive with the talented field of up-and-coming gymnasts. “I am working on a tucked double double on floor, a half-on entry on vault, and a front handspring-front tuck on beam.”

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