While the other gymnasts at the Olympic Gymnastics Trials in the United States showed all their best skills and anxiously fought for the chance to compete in the Tokyo Olympics, Jade Carey was completely calm. This is because Carey’s place in the team was guaranteed.
Carey will be one of the first athletes to take advantage of the new FIG team structure when she competes as an individual in Tokyo. A specialist in vault and floor drills, Carey is expected to give the United States additional opportunities to win medals in the individual finals as the team strives for their third straight all-around gold.
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Why does Jade Carey have a place in the Olympic team?
This year, the FIG, which governs international gymnastics, has decided to change the team structure for the Olympic Games. Instead of five team members as has been the case since 2012, the FIG has decided to reduce the team list to four places and add up to two individual competitors per team. The aim of this change was to create more space at the Games for event specialists and smaller countries. Carey won one of those individual places and will compete for the United States, but not in the all-around team.
How did Jade Carey get an individual spot?
Carey landed an individual spot over a year ago thanks to her performances in a series of international gymnastics competitions called the Apparatus World Cup. The FIG has been hosting World Cups since 2018, and Carey scored enough points with her victories in competitions to claim the overall World Cup title by apparatus on both floor and vault. This gave him an automatic qualification for the Olympics.
How old is Jade Carey?
Carey was born on May 27, 2000 and is 21 years old.
How tall is Jade Carey?
Carey is 5 feet 1 inch tall.
Where does Jade Carey come from?
Carey was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She trains under the guidance of her father Brian at Arizona Sunrays Gym, also located in Phoenix.
How many medals does Jade Carey have?
The Tokyo Games are Carey’s first Olympics, so she currently does not hold any Olympic medals. However, she won four medals at the world championships: one gold and three silver. She won silver in vault and floor exercises at the 2017 World Championships, and added a team gold and silver in vault in 2019.
Who has the most Olympic medals?
The most decorated Olympic gymnast of all time is Larisa Latynina, who competed in three Olympic Games from 1956 to 1964. She won 18 medals, including nine gold. Shannon Miller won the most Olympic medals for the United States in gymnastics with seven in the 1992 and 1996 Olympics. Simone Biles won more medals than any American in a single Olympics with five, and she holds the gymnastics world record for most gold medals in a single Games with four.
When will Jade Carey compete in Tokyo?
Carey will enter the qualifying round for the all-around on July 25 and will likely compete in the individual vault and floor finals, his two best events. The vault final will take place on August 1 and the floor exercise final will be held on August 2.
Where does Jade Carey go to school?
Carey joined Oregon State University in 2017, but postponed enrollment until 2021 to continue training for the Tokyo Olympics. She will be part of the Castors’ gymnastics team, which finished the 2021 season ranked 21st in the country.