Twists, turns and big air: The best gymnastics photos from the Tokyo Olympics

Poland's Gabriela Sansal prepares to compete on the uneven bars in the women's team qualifying.
-TOKYO,JAPAN July 24, 2021: Poland’s Gabriela Sansal prepares to compete on the uneven bars in the women’s team qualifying at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (Wally Skalij /Los Angeles Times)
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USA gymnast Simone Biles is congratulated by her coach Cecile Landi as it becomes evident she will earn a medal.
USA gymnast Simone Biles is congratulated by her coach Cecile Landi as it becomes evident she will earn a medal in the Women’s Balance Beam Final.
(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
USA gymnast Sunisa Lee earned a bronze medal in the uneven bars.
(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
Simone Biles, right, shows a light mood as she watches her teammates compete.
(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
Team USA's Suni Lee upside-down in the air above the beam
Sunisa Lee of the U.S. competes on the beam en route to a gold medal in the women’s individual all-around final.
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Suni Lee, wearing a mask, holds her hands to her face
Sunisa Lee reacts to winning the gold medal in the women’s individual all-around final.
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Angelina Melnikova holds her hands to her face during gymnastics at the Tokyo Olympics.
Angelina Melnikova with the Russian Olympic Committee walks off the mat after her floor routine in the women’s individual all-around final.
(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Two Olympic teams stand on the medals podium.
Simone Biles, second from left, and her U.S. teammates watch the Russian team celebrate a gold medal in the women’s team final.
(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Young women cry and embrace in a group.
Members of Russian Olympic Committee team celebrate their gold medal in the women’s team final.
(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
A woman in USA warmups puts her arm around Simone Biles, who stands with arms akimbo.
Simone Biles is consoled after competing on the vault and withdrawing from competition in the women’s team final.
(Wally Skalij )
Jordan Chiles crouches and pats her hands together.
U.S. gymnast Jordan Chiles waits to perform her floor exercise in the women’s team final.
(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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Mykayla Skinner is suspended parallel to the ground as she grasps one of the uneven bars.
Team USA’s MyKayla Skinner competes on the uneven bars in the women’s team qualifying event.
(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
ROC's Nikita Nagornyy, right, reacts with teammates as they realize they won the gold medal in the men's team final.
(Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)
Samuel Mikulak is upside down, grasping both knees, with the Olympic rings in the background.
Team USA’s Samuel Mikulak competes on the floor in the men’s team final.
(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
With chalk on his mask USA's Samuel Mikulak chats with teammates during team qualifying.
(Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)
USA's Simone Biles competes on the uneven bars in the women's team qualifying.
(Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)
Yul Moldauer, upside down, grasps a bar with one hand.
U.S. gymnast Yul Moldauer competes on the high bar during the team qualifying event.
(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
A closeup of a gymnast's lower half making a depression in a blue mat.
Yul Moldauer lands on the mat while competing on the vault.
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As one gymnast competes on vault, another is seen on the high bar in the background.
Azerbaijan’s Rasuljon Abdurakhimov competes on the high bar during the team qualifying event at the Tokyo Olympics.
(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Spectacular images from L.A. Times staff at the Tokyo Olympics