2020 Tokyo Olympics: Meet Jade Carey, the Gymnast That Replaced Simone Biles in All-Around Final

by Leanne Stahulak

Jade Carey came to the Tokyo Olympics to compete in two specific events. But she ended up representing Team USA in the women’s all-around gymnastic competition when Simone Biles had to step down.

Carey, a 21-year-old from Phoenix, Arizona, landed in ninth place while qualifying for the all-around competition. She would’ve competed, but the International Gymnastics Federation rules that countries can only have two athletes compete in final events. Gold-medal winner Suni Lee and Biles took up those two spots until Biles exited the competition to focus on her mental health. It then fell to Carey to represent Team USA in Thursday’s competition.

While Biles has a legendary history, Carey has certainly made a name for herself in the gymnastics world as well. She qualified for the Tokyo Olympics not because she participated in the U.S. Trials, but because of her World Cup performances. CBS News reports that her gold medal wins in the vault and floor competitions at the 2020 and 2019 World Cups secured her a spot as an individual gymnast on the U.S. Team.

It also helps that Carey might soon have a gymnastics move named after her.

Recently, Carey proved that she can execute “the most difficult tumbling pass ever performed by a woman.” It’s called the layout triple-double, and it involves two backflips with three twists. But Carey takes it to the next level by performing it with her legs straight, rather than tucked in. Not even Simone Biles has achieved that maneuver in competition.

If Carey performs it at the Tokyo Olympics, it’ll be named after her, reports say. But she didn’t attempt it at the all-around competition, so we’ll have to say if she’s saved it for the individual event finals next week.

How Did Jade Carey Do at the All-Around Women’s Gymnastics Finals at the Tokyo Olympics?

On Thursday, Carey stepped in for Simone Biles at the all-around women’s gymnastics competition for the Tokyo Olympics. While her teammate Suni Lee won the gold medal at the event, Carey still put on a pretty spectacular performance.

Though she came in eighth place, Carey still excelled in her two specialty categories, the vault and floor exercise. She scored an incredible 15.200 on the vault, only one-tenth of a point behind Brazilian silver-medalist Rebeca Andrade. Carey also tied for the best score on the floor exercise with bronze medalist Angelia Melnikova at 13.966.

But her weakest events, the uneven bars and balance beam, proved to be her downfall. Carey scored the lowest out of everyone on the uneven bars at 13.500. And her beam performance took a downhill turn when she fell off partway through her routine, resulting in an 11.533 score.

But Carey still represented Team USA well, and we’ll see her again next week at the individual finals for vault and floor.