Only Biles, Suni Lee and Jade Carey had been expected to compete in the team final, but Chiles stepped up to fill Biles’ place.
Chiles scored a 14.666 on the vault, a 14.166 on the uneven bars, a 13.433 on the balance beam and a costly 11.700 on floor exercise. Team USA won the silver medal, and the Russian Olympic Committee took the top spot in an upset.
For Chiles, the fill-in performance was all part of an unusual road to the Olympics.
“Chick” rose through the ranks of the gymnastics world. But around 2017 and 2018, she hit a wall and became unhappy with gymnastics, according to The New York Times.
“I didn’t think the sport wanted me anymore,” Chiles told the Times. “So I went in the opposite direction.”
She still finished 11th place in the all-around at the US Championships in 2018. So she then decided to move across the country to Texas and join Biles’ gym to train with the best in a less strict environment.
The move has proved a hit for Chiles’ gymnastics career.
Chiles similarly finished in third in the all-around at the US Olympic Trials to secure her spot on the national team.
She is set to attend UCLA in the fall.