The Rush: Jordan Chiles on superhero gymnastics, Simone Biles and Black Girl Magic

Olympic silver medalist Jordan Chiles is on The Rush! The gymnast reveals the answers to our squad goals questions about her friendship with Simone Biles, how she’s processed the incredible experience that was Tokyo 2020, how she channeled Wonder Woman into one of routines, which superhero she wants to bring to her next gymnastics routine, how her career has mirrored that of her namesake Michael Jordan and why being a source of Black Girl Magic inspiration is so important. Plus, you can catch Jordan, Simone and several of your favorite gymnasts in action during the Gold Over America Tour! Check out all the details here.

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JARED QUAY: So if you do another comic-inspired routine, what other characters may you bring to life and why?

JORDAN CHILES: It would be really, really cool to bring like either Captain Marvel or maybe Superman or even Black Widow. Black Widow is one that I've always thought of. She's one of my favorite characters that I loved. Not only-- Scarlett Johansson is amazing as well. But how she plays her is very, very cool.

JARED QUAY: I'm here with Olympic silver medalist, gymnast Jordan Chiles.

How are you doing today, Jordan?

JORDAN CHILES: Good. How are you?

JARED QUAY: I'm doing amazing. I'm happy to have you on "The Rush."

Now that you've had some time to think on it, how will you remember your 2021 Olympic experience?

JORDAN CHILES: Man, that was an amazing experience. I literally have not yet came down from the high that we were on. I'm just so happy that I was able to experience such a huge accomplishment that I've always dreamed of and always wanted to become ever since I was little. So you know, just that experience there with the girls in the environment and being able to compete for USA was amazing.

JARED QUAY: So your friendship with Simone Biles gave us all like serious squad goals while you all were in Tokyo. How well did you know Simone before you started training with her together?

JORDAN CHILES: I've known Simone since 2014-- a little before that. But I actually got to know her when we competed for the very first time. I saw her, and I was like, oh, my gosh. Like, you're such an inspiration. You're an idol. Like, it's really, really crazy to even think about. Like back then, I truly was only seeing her as like an idol. But one day-- like I was just like, one day, I'll be friends with you. And you know, seeing it now and actually being able to say like she's my best friend, she's somebody that I love to death and will always love, it's amazing. It's really, really amazing. I love her energy. I love her vibe. She encourages me every day. And you know, she doesn't-- she's my best friend.

JARED QUAY: You, Simone, and most of your Olympic squad are taking your show on the road with Gold Over America Tour. How pumped are you for this unique experience?

JORDAN CHILES: I'm really excited-- just being able to go out and show the world like, look this is what we do. And we're going to go out there and have fun with our gymnastics, instead of just thinking about, oh this is a competition 24/7. We're going to be able to do some skills that maybe people haven't seen us compete.

JARED QUAY: In 2018, you rocked a Wonder Woman leotard. Are you a comic book fan? Or is it just Wonder Woman's your thing?

JORDAN CHILES: For us, when we design leos, it's all about what we feel and how we want to represent ourselves. So in that moment, for me, it was being a super hero and knowing that I'm very, very powerful of who I am.

JARED QUAY: Dominique, Gabby, Simone, you, Jordan, have really brought some serious Black girl magic to the sport. How is being a Black woman that dominates in a gym? How's that impacted you-- and what you're doing for the culture?

JORDAN CHILES: That's a huge impact, knowing that I'm with those other girls up there showing the world and the generations under US like, look, no matter who you are, no matter what gift or talent that was given to you, show it off. It's pretty cool to be able to be that Black girl that's out there giving little girls that inspiration as well. There's not a lot of us, so being in that little tiny group-- you know, hopefully, there will be more of us in the future. And we're just going to keep going and encouraging each other.

JARED QUAY: You're named after Michael Jordan.

JORDAN CHILES: Yes.

JARED QUAY: Did that set you up for success? Or was that like a lot of pressure. They're like, Jordan couldn't do that, Jordan.

JORDAN CHILES: So I had a fluke performance. It was back in 2017. And it was really, really crazy because I came out in a really good position and actually was very, very proud of myself. So I'm really happy that I'm named after somebody great.

JARED QUAY: Jordan, thank you so much for rushing me today. Can't wait to see you in Gold Over America Tour, kicking off in Tucson on September 21.

JORDAN CHILES: Thank you.