2020 Tokyo Olympics: Jade Carey Replacing Simone Biles in Individual All-Around Competition

by Suzanne Halliburton

Jade Carey will replace Simone Biles as a U.S. representative for the women’s all-around gymnastics competition.

Overnight, Biles pulled out of the all-around, a competition she dominated at the 2016 Rio Games. Biles decided that the mental issue that abruptly kept her out of Tuesday’s women’s team championship also will prevent her from defending her all-around gold medal. Suni Lee finished third in all-around qualifying and will compete with Carey.

Who is Jade Carey? She’s a very talented, 21-year-old gymnast from Phoenix. She was the third-ranked American coming out of the qualifying rounds of the team competition. Carey was good enough to finish 9th in qualifying. But Olympic rules say only the top two gymnasts from each country can compete in the all-around. So until Biles withdrew, Jade Carey was going to sit and cheer.

She’s not as good as Biles — no one is. But Jade Carey is capable of winning an all-around medal. She’s outstanding on the floor exercise and vault. And she’s already qualified for next week’s event finals on both the vault and floor.

Jade Carey Qualified For Olympics Through World Cup Performances

In fact, Jade Carey qualified for the Olympics outside the U.S. Trials earlier this year. She earned a trip to Tokyo thanks to her first-place finish on the vault at the World Cup series.

Carey can land the most technically difficult tumbling pass ever tried by a female gymnast. It’s a layout triple-double. Carey does a double backflip, with three twists. What separates this tumbling pass from what Biles performs is the position of the legs. Carey keeps hers straight as she performs the layout triple-double. Biles did the pass with her knees tucked. It’s considered more difficult to do the trick with your legs straight.

The New York Times reports that if Carey lands this trick on the floor at the Olympics, the pass will be named for her.

Simone Biles still is at the Tokyo Olympics. NBC cameras showed her attending the men’s all-around competition with several of her teammates. They all were decked out in USA gear and difficult to miss.

(Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

USA Gymnastics Said Biles Is Focusing on ‘Mental Health’

USA Gymnastics released a statement to announce the news of Simone Biles pulling out of the competition, with Jade Carey taking her place.

“After further medical evaluation, Simone Biles was withdrawn from the final individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games, in order to focus on her mental health,” USA Gymnastics said. “Simone will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether or not to participate in next week’s individual event finals. Jade Carey, who had the ninth-highest score in qualifications, will participate in her place in the all-around.

“We wholeheartedly support Simone’s decision and applaud her bravery in prioritizing her well-being. Her courage shows, yet again, why she is a role model for so many.”

Jade Carey scored a 15.166 in the vault during the qualifying round. She posted a 14.133 in uneven bars, 12.866 in the balance beam, and 14.100 on the floor. Her score on the floor was the third-highest, while her vault totaled second overall.