Mom’s perspective: Watching Jordan Chiles’ Olympic dream come true

Chiles family rejoices in Jordan’s gymnastics journey to the Olympics

Those who watched on television saw Jordan Chiles crying tears of joy just seconds after her final routine Sunday night at the United States Olympic Team Gymnastics Trials.

Gina Chiles hugs her husband Timothy on Sunday night after their daughter Jordan Chiles made the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team. Jordan Chiles is a 2019 graduate of Prairie High School. Photo courtesy Chiles family
Gina Chiles hugs her husband Timothy on Sunday night after their daughter Jordan Chiles made the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team. Jordan Chiles is a 2019 graduate of Prairie High School. Photo courtesy Chiles family

Her family members who were there in St. Louis had a different perspective.

“She was crying before (the routine) which made us all lose it,” said Jordan’s mom, Gina Chiles. 

For a nanosecond, the family wondered if Jordan was going to be able to regain her composure, to nail the floor exercise.

Oh, but this was Jordan’s year. This was Jordan’s night. This was Jordan’s moment.

“She ends in her pose on the ground. She stayed down a little longer than she normally does. She just took in that moment,” Gina Chiles said. “We all just lost it. We knew at that point, no matter what happened, Jordan had won. Not the meet. But Jordan had won her battle for her dream.”

It was easy to spot the Chiles family on television. There was Gina and Timothy Chiles, watching their daughter, along with several other family members and friends. They were all wearing those red T-shirts, with Team Chick on the front and a quote from Jordan on the back: Believe in the power of your dreams.

Jordan Chiles, of Vancouver, Washington, had made the United States Olympic Team. A Prairie High School graduate. A champion who got her start at Naydenov Gym in Vancouver. Yes, that Jordan Chiles is going to Tokyo later this month.

This week, Clark County Today talked to Gina Chiles about the family’s experience in St. Louis for the trials, and the family’s journey to Texas, to help Jordan realize her dream.

“It’s been a crazy ride,” Gina said via phone call from Spring, Texas, right around the corner from the WCC, World Champions Centre, the training facility that Chiles came to just after graduating from Prairie High School in 2019.

A few years ago, Jordan was not sure about her future in gymnastics. For every championship moment on television, on the world stage, there are countless doubts, aches, injuries, and internal struggles.

“She wanted to give up and quit,” Gina said. “She didn’t think gymnastics wanted her anymore.”

By the spring of 2019, though, she had already decided she would go for Olympic glory. But she also wanted a fresh start. She asked her parents if, after graduating from Prairie, she could move to Texas to train at the WCC, the gym owned by the family of world champion Simone Biles.

Jordan Chiles, left, and Simone Biles have become close friends. Now, they are both members of the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team. Jordan’s mom, Gina, said Simone has been instrumental in helping Jordan find happiness after struggling with the sport. Photo courtesy Chiles family
Jordan Chiles, left, and Simone Biles have become close friends. Now, they are both members of the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team. Jordan’s mom, Gina, said Simone has been instrumental in helping Jordan find happiness after struggling with the sport. Photo courtesy Chiles family

“She doesn’t ever ask for anything in regard to gymnastics,” Gina said. “This is something she asked. ‘If you are 100 percent sure, we’ll do whatever we can to support it.’ … Here I am, in Texas.”

Gina moved to Texas, while Timothy stayed in Vancouver, but visiting Texas often.

“We try not to go longer than three weeks. I love that man. He loves me. It’s difficult, but it’s worth it,” Gina said. “Jordan is the baby of five kids. Our kids are grown, they’re older, living their lives. They 100 percent support Jordan.”

It was supposed to be just for a year. The pandemic changed everything. No 2020 Games in 2020. Pushed back to 2021. Jordan had another decision to make. She kept going. Her family kept backing her.

And on Sunday night, Team Chiles was rewarded with a selection to Team USA.

The athletic ability has always been there. Jordan Chiles has been one of the best in the country in her age bracket just about all of her life. But it takes so much more than skill in this sport.

“Jordan has found her happy place, her joy, and love of the sport,” Gina said. “She knows she is doing this for her. Before, she was doing it for everybody else. Over the last two years, she has found her joy and her happy.

“She’s always been gifted. Her gymnastics has been strong. Now you see what happens when somebody loves what they’re doing.”

A lot of that joy was found in Texas, as Jordan trained at the WCC with Biles.The gymnastics world knows Biles as the greatest of all time. Jordan knows her as a close friend.

Biles was one of the first to hug Jordan right after the floor exercise on Sunday night. It wasn’t official, but it was pretty much a done deal. 

“I’m so proud of you,” Biles told Jordan. “You did it.”

That was not a made-for-TV moment. That was two close friends celebrating each other.

“They call each other sisters. It is evident,” Gina said. “Simone has been extremely instrumental in Jordan’s happy place. The greatest thing she has offered her is friendship. That’s a beautiful thing. She is a genuine person.”

Simone Biles also is not perfect. Earlier on Sunday, she fell off the balance beam. It stunned everyone in the dome, Gina said.

That small slip by the world’s best shows just how difficult this sport is, and it also shines a little brighter light on the incredible season that Jordan is having in 2021.

Going into the floor exercise Sunday, Jordan Chiles was a perfect 23 of 23 for her routines. (That 23 number is significant. She was named after Michael Jordan.) No, not perfect scores. But she had nailed every routine in her previous five meets and the first three events in the trials. She had not fallen off the beam or stepped out of bounds on the floor exercise. She hit on the vault, every time, as well as the uneven bars.

Then, after that final performance on the floor, she made it 24 out of 24.

USA Gymnastics described Chiles as the 2021 breakout star of the team in its press release announcing the Olympic team.

Jordan Chiles and her father Timothy share a moment together at a meet earlier this year. The Chiles family will not be able to attend the Olympics. No foreign spectators are allowed this year. Photo courtesy Chiles family
Jordan Chiles and her father Timothy share a moment together at a meet earlier this year. The Chiles family will not be able to attend the Olympics. No foreign spectators are allowed this year. Photo courtesy Chiles family

In fact, because of her 20-for-20 performance leading up to the trials, there was talk that Chiles was a virtual lock to make the team, regardless of how she performed at the trials.

Jordan and the Chiles family … they saw those predictions, as well. They “heard” the chatter on social media.

“She said, ‘I have to concentrate on what I have to do. I can’t get caught up in this,’” Gina said. “She wasn’t going to allow outside things to get in her head to put her in a comfortable place. She knew she was ready and she was prepared and her coaches had prepared her. She knew, as long as she put the work in and gave everything she had, no matter what happened on Sunday night, she was going to be happy with the outcome.”

Soon after the competition ended, the Olympic team was announced. Jordan Chiles could be seen showing off some dance moves on national television.

The Chiles family did not have a chance to visit with Jordan at the arena. The athletes had requirements to fulfill. It was another three or so hours later, back at the hotel lobby, when Jordan and Biles showed up to celebrate with their families.

Those moments are even more special considering the fact that the families will not be allowed to watch the gymnasts in Tokyo. Pandemic rules: No foreign spectators are allowed to travel to Japan.

NBC will not be showing the gymnastics live to the American audience, but there are plans in the works for family members of athletes to watch live. The Chiles family will be there, wherever NBC sets up viewing parties. 

“We’re just so grateful she made the team and her dream came true,” Gina said. “The fact that the Games are happening is the most important thing. We’ll deal with the heartbreak of not being able to watch her in person.”

After all, the Chiles family has been watching Jordan mature, improve, and shine for years.

They were there when Jordan made the Olympic Team.

And they will be there, in their hearts, in Tokyo.

Note: Clark County Today expects to have more on Jordan Chiles in the coming days leading up to the Olympics. The Olympics begin July 23. 

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Anonymous Anonymous
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Anonymous Anonymous
5 months ago

Gina Chiles has a criminal record.
the media should check it out.

USA vs. Gina Chiles

Involves money from HOAs she managed & transferred the money to her personal
accts

USA versus Gina Chiles (case)

3611/30/2020Judgment & Commitment as to Gina R. Chiles (1), Count(s) 1, SENTENCING DATE: 11/30/20; IMPRISONMENT: Twelve (12) months and one (1) day. The defendant shall surrender for service of sentence at the institution designated by the Bureau of Prisons before 2:00 P.M. on July 27, 2021; SUPERVISED RELEASE: Three (3) years; RESTITUTION: $1,218,877.78; SPECIAL ASSESSMENT: $100.00 (USM #81835-065). Signed on 11/30/20 by Judge Michael W. Mosman. (Three certified copies forwarded to U.S. Marshal on 11/30/20.)

Anonymous Anonymous
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Anonymous Anonymous
5 months ago

Yes, this is an Oregon federal case.
What did she do with the money

USA v. ChilesCriminal Court Docket SheetDistrict of Oregon3:2020-cr-00028-150921 (ord)

Vancouver
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Vancouver
5 months ago

Here is something to read on the case

https://www.docketbird.com/court-documents/USA-v-Chiles/Sentencing-Memorandum-filed-by-USA-as-to-Gina-R-Chiles/ord-3:2020-cr-00028-150921-00034

8 pages. This is public record. Interesting read. It is the sentencing memorandum filed by USA as to Gina Chiles.

Grandma Yvonne
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Grandma Yvonne
5 months ago

FYI one could have all the money in the world, but it won’t make you a top gymnast-she has worked near 40 hours a week!

Grandma Yvonne
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Grandma Yvonne
5 months ago

Anonymous Anonymous-has a very dark heart-what do you gain from hurting Jordan? You can hide behind these posts, because you don’t have the courage it takes to say who you are. It’s easy to point fingers and judge others-look in the mirror. By the way Jordan is where she is because of Jordan-she has worked very very hard, and we all helped with private lessons, airline tickets and gym fees. Exactly what Jazmin said: “Jordan was supported by MANY others outside of her mother and father Including but not limited to grandparents, uncles, aunts, and siblings”.

JPeterson
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JPeterson
5 months ago

Shame on you for trying to cast a dark shadow this young lady and her achievements. She is NOT her mother. You are the worst kind of ugly..What human posts something like this???
Let the rest of the world celebrate this child’s accomplishments without cowardly keyboard warriors who have nothing better to do. You know you wouldn’t stand up in person and say this to anyone now would you Anonymous?

Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 months ago

Why “should” the media check it out?

HOA group
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HOA group
5 months ago

We know what she did with the money.
HOA’s and property owner’s money.
She ran a business called Inspire Vision
which managed properties including condominiums.
Here is an info on that now defunct business.

Gina Chiles, President  
Main Office: 1441 N. McClellan Street | Portland, OR 97217
Branch Office: 4711 NE 95th Circle | Vancouver, WA 98665      
p. 360.574.9587  | toll free 855.574.9587 | f. 360.574.9291

Business now defunct.

Mary Bellieau
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Mary Bellieau
4 months ago
Reply to  HOA group

And she funded Jordan’s gymnastics. Jordan has a lot of money to pay back if she’s honest.

HOA group
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HOA group
5 months ago

USA v. ChilesCriminal Court Docket SheetDistrict of Oregon

3:2020-cr-00028-150921 (ord)

portlander
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portlander
5 months ago
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Jordan earned her now new fame through hard work. No doubt. How was this hard work supported financially through the years? Sponsors, yes??.
But why does her mother Gina have a federal case in US vs Chiles of embezzling $1.2 million That must be collective estimated amount from all properties she managed on her property management business, which is now no longer exists.
A parent’s (or mother’s) dream becomes a daughter’s dream. Congratulations to Jordan, through hard work she made that happen with talent, practice & perseverance.
Mother Gina had other talents.
Gina had other motivations which got her in trouble with the law & was sentenced in court for imprisonment of 1 yr and 1 month. That was on Nov 2020. Why did she not go to prison right away then? My guess is that the judge was kind and gave her time to join her daughter to be of moral support to her during training. A good mother indeed who did not make wise moral choices by the type of crime she committed. So she was given time; she is to report back to the court to start jail
time on July 27, 2021 by/before 2pm.
Perhaps local reporters from Oregon & Washington should wait at the courthouse on such date/time to interview her & give her good media coverage, ask her why she is going to jail for only 1yr/1mo. She deserves to stay in jail longer. She will get out sooner for good behavior and like the con-man she is, she will think of ways to “work
the system”. Reporters should interview her.

Go figure this out:
It is expensive to support initial training,
parents’ and other family members’ travel
expenses to championship events, airfare, food, accommodations, etc. So go figure!

Vancouver
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Vancouver
5 months ago

An FYI to the commenter, Portlander & HOA…I have been reading your comments.
Here is my comment to you guys:
Found out that Gina Chiles is or was a pastor at a place called “According to His Word Worship Center”? Check it out. On the website page “Kingdom Builders”, you can donate $ via Paypal or credit card. Or you can mail a check. According to the info on that webpage, “God has a financial plan for His Church.” (Direct quote).
For someone with a criminal case or record for committing a federal crime, she certainly is not a role model for a pastor to the community that this center serves.
It is all about the $$.

Vancouver resident
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Vancouver resident
5 months ago
Reply to  Vancouver

Don’t you have anything better to do? Shame on you!! Vancouver supports Jordan! Get a life! Shame on Clark County Today for allowing comments. You contacted this family for the her perspective as a mother and got the story. Now you do this?!

Jazmin Chiles
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Jazmin Chiles
5 months ago

The fact that you all would decide to place this information under a post about JORDAN CHILES and her accomplishment of becoming an OLYMPIAN is beyond inappropriate. Jordan was supported by MANY others outside of her mother and father Including but not limited to grandparents, uncles, aunts, and siblings. Her accomplishments are a different subject than that of her mother. Also, not only was Vancouver late to the party that they even had an elite athlete on their way to Tokyo , you all decide to allow comments such as these . Shame on you.

The idea that you’re commenting anonymously says something about YOU. You’re only here to hurt and celebrate someone’s sadness. What kind of person does that make you ? Who are you to take away someone’s happiness? Do you not have anything else better to do? Are you so miserable that you take time out of your day to ruin a child’s accomplishment and dream by adding negativity? Mind your business and focus on the subject at hand . Jordan Chiles 2021 Tokyo Olympian. Funded by: Family, Love, Encouragement, Resilience, Adversity, Perseverance, and the Good Lord himself.

Sharona
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Sharona
5 months ago
Reply to  Jazmin Chiles

I agree. Jordan is not her mother. Why detract from her moment by posting crap like this?

Disgusted reader
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Disgusted reader
5 months ago
Reply to  Jazmin Chiles

So shameful and disgusting comments from obviously the same person reply to her own comments or a group conspiring to distract Jordan’s accomplishments! Clark County Today should protect Jordan from this, but they are just another “news outlet” trying to bash the dreams and happiness of another black athlete. So sick!

Grandma Yvonne
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Grandma Yvonne
5 months ago
Reply to  Jazmin Chiles

Anonymous Anonymous-has a very dark heart-what do you gain from hurting Jordan? You can hide behind these posts, because you don’t have the courage it takes to say who you are. It’s easy to point fingers and judge others-look in the mirror. By the way Jordan is where she is because of Jordan-she has worked very very hard, and we all helped with private lessons, airline tickets and gym fees. Exactly what Jazmin said: “Jordan was supported by MANY others outside of her mother and father Including but not limited to grandparents, uncles, aunts, and siblings”.

Vancouver
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Vancouver
5 months ago
Reply to  Grandma Yvonne

Grandma Yvonne,
You all have the right to be proud.
She is an elite talented athlete who worked hard through the years with her perseverance, motivation, and she deserves that spot on the Olympic team.
She represents the best in her field at the Olympics & we in this country will stand by her and will rejoice in her glorious victory. We all want her to win along with the others who will represent this country.
This and more she did by herself with family’s & friends’ moral support. She believes in herself because she is confident. Gina is a good, devoted mom & the family’s actions & support speak highly of their faith & love for Jordan.
As one said in the previous post here: the mother is not the daughter. That is very right. Jordan’s excellence in her accomplishments are separate from anyone’s. She is her own person.

Having said all that, the others who have posted here are disgruntled “victims”
(that is the term “victim” used in the legal sentencing document filed by the court for the plaintiff—if you read the documents).
They have been wronged as the embezzlement case has legally explained. These disgruntled people are merely frustrated and rightfully wronged.
If you can put yourselves in their place, they were deceived and made to believe that their money was in a safe place for years. Perhaps you can skim over the 8 pages of sentencing documents which is available to the public.
The money was entrusted to a person whom they believe in good faith would advocate for them with a fiduciary & moral duty to do so. As was revealed after a few years of this kind of property management service, that was not the case and someone exposed it. One eventually gets caught. These “victims” are merely using a platform of expression for the corruption. Do you blame them?
What would you do if you were the
“victim”? You will try to seek justice.
Gina was given “reprieve” by the court because she is deep down inside a civil person. Despite all that has happened to them in a very negative impact to their finances, these homeowners do NOT wish Gina ill; they want appropriate justice, not cruel as that would be unkind, but justice and restitution that is commensurate with the crime. They feel
violated, in a way, because the finances and money they earned through their hard work was misappropriated and spent illegally by another.
It is certain that you all supported Jordan and she deserves it all. No doubt she is a good kid, not just an elite athlete.
Yes, you all have the right to be proud and defend her.
Yes, agree with one who posted here previously: the mother is not the daughter; the daughter is not the mother.
The daughter has much to be proud of for her talents, her hard work & her good character. This is not to take away from Jordan. She deserves the best.
The mother has much to rectify for.
Wishing all good fortunes for Jordan, she deserves the best. As for the mother, we hope that through all this time, she has deeply examined her conscience.
For Jordan- go for the GOLD in Tokyo!
We are all praying & wishing for victory for all our USA athletes.

Vancouver resident
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Vancouver resident
5 months ago
Reply to  Vancouver

They got their day in court and because the outcome was not what they wanted they retaliated. This is not the way to display their grievances.

This was obviously directly or indirectly meant to hurt Jordan and her family.

It is vengeful and clearly intended to hurt. What good does this do? You can wish all the luck in the world to Jordan but at the same time causing damage is a slap in the face.

Last edited 5 months ago by Vancouver resident
California
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California
4 months ago

Orange County

nancy
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4 months ago
Reply to  Grandma Yvonne

GrandmaYvonne, you are right. Gina has a very, very dark heart.

Rosalyn Martin
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Rosalyn Martin
5 months ago

Anonymous Anonymous….who cares you folks always so negative…what does that have to do with this child’s hopes and dreams…Judge that you may not be Judged…leave this innocence alone God knows and see’s all…even you who so eagerly wish to toss the first stone…what you covering?? I know nothing of the mother. I watch these talented and beautiful people from all walks of life and race standing proud to fulfill a dream …and then there’s folks like you digging dirt….to all of you GOD’S ALIVE AND THEIRS EYES ON YOU AS WELL…live your own life leave hers alone..Go Jordon Go…and All THE GIRLS THAT MADE THE USA TEAM…may God forgive all you gossiper’s…

California
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California
4 months ago
Reply to  In Plain Sight

interested in more? Let us point you to Reddit on the “r/Gymnastics” page.
Google it with Gina Chiles name, “gymnastics” & Reddit.
Over 238 posted comments there and you will have a “take away” . Go figure.
You can join in the posted conversations.
Free speech right?

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