The athlete who will replace US gymnastics captain and Olympic champion Simone Biles in the individual all-around competition final is 6 feet tall and has a jump named after her.
Jade Carey, 21, of Phoenix, Arizona, withdrew from a place on the Oregon State University team four years ago to focus on representing her country at the Tokyo Olympics.
The four-time world championship medalist initially failed to qualify for the four-discipline event, having finished behind teammates Biles and Sunisa Lee. Only two athletes per country advance to the all-round final.
Jade Carey was chosen to replace Simone Biles in the women’s individual all-around competition. She competed in the women’s jump qualifiers on July 25
Carey is a four-time world champion medalist who fell in love with gymnastics when she was four years old
Simone Biles has stopped working all round with the individual women to restore her mental health
Carey, right, completed ground exercises with the rest of Team USA on July 25. She is with, from left, Grace McCallum, Sunisa Lee, Jordan Chiles, Simone Biles, and Mykayla Skinner
Biles was able to blow a kiss and cheer on her male colleagues during the all-round final for men yesterday
But now Carey has a chance to shine for the world, especially in the vault, her favorite event, where one skill, “the tucked-away Kasamatus full,” was renamed after her in the Junior Olympic code as “the Carey.” book.
Biles, who won four gold medals at the Rio 2016 Games, including the individual all-around title, announced early Wednesday morning that she has chosen not to defend her title, following consultations with U.S. gymnastics officials following her sudden withdrawal from team competition. Tuesday .
The decision to withdraw from the team finals – after a very unusual mistake at her first event, the Vault – sparked furious online controversy, with critics accusing her of “abandoning” her three teammates, one of whom two were forced to take her place in the other three events at the last minute.
Biles later hinted that the horrific sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of pedophile doctor Larry Nassar is the root of the psychological problems that led her to withdraw from the shock.
The 24-year-old first drew a line between the trauma of Nassar’s abuse and her decision to withdraw from both team and individual all-around medal events when she retweeted a statement of support from a fellow gymnast.
Andrea Orris, a former gymnast turned fitness trainer, wrote in a statement that Biles “has been harassed by her team doctor all her childhood.”
“We’re talking about the same girl who was molested by her team doctor throughout her childhood and teenage years,” the statement said.
“That girl, at 24, has endured more trauma than most people will ever go through in their lives.”
Although Biles, who was first seen stepping out to cheer on Team USA’s male gymnasts in Tokyo for the first time since the announcement, did not make her own statement about Nassar or her decision to retire from the all-around. , a US official told DailyMail.com that Orris’s message “sums up everything Simone feels and wants to say.”
Stepping in for Biles, Carey spoke about her love for the floor competition and how she won gold in both events at the 2020 Melbourne World Cup and medaled at World Cup competitions in Doha and Baku.
She also has to compete against the best gymnasts in the world on the uneven bars and the balance beam.
The daughter of a gymnastics coach, Carey, started the sport shortly after she learned to walk.
Her mother, Danielle, explained: ‘I believe Jade was about four years old’ [when she first showed an interest in gymnastics].
‘Her father [Brian] and I was watching TV, and all of a sudden, oops, there goes a cartwheel!
“We looked at each other and I said, ‘Did you teach her that?’
‘And he said; “No, did you?”
And I said “No”. And so I think we kind of knew at that point.”
Jade thanked her father for introducing her to gymnastics and supporting her on her way to the Olympics.
Carey’s mom, Danielle, said her husband introduced Carey to the sport when they saw her cartwheel at age four
Carey’s father, Brian, introduced her to the world of gymnastics and the Olympics
Carey thanked her father for helping her so far in her Olympic Olympic journey reis
Biles was the favorite to win in the women’s individual all-around. She stopped the team competition on Tuesday
In a message to him posted to Instagram last year, she wrote, “We’ve all been through it together. The ups, the downs, the good, the bad.
“You have now shown me to spread my wings and believe in myself.
“Can’t wait to finish this journey from us, we’re almost there.”
Mom Danielle claims to be Carey’s biggest fan, but she has to compete with her other children, Alexis, Taeva and Xandon, for that title.
Jade trains with fellow gymnast Riley McCusker, who is also her best friend.
She said: ‘We really push each other to get better and help each other in every way we can.
“It’s nice to have a training partner who knows exactly what you’re going through.”