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Four gymnasts qualified for the US Olympic gymnastics team heading to the Tokyo Games, along with two more athletes who will act as individuals and have a chance to contend for the all-around and event finals. Jade Carey, 21, mathematically clinched one of those individual spots last year through her performances at the World Cup series. This made her the first woman artistic gymnast from the US to secure a trip to Tokyo, and that berth became official on June 27 with an announcement following the Olympic Trials.
According to NBC Sports, if Carey had been selected for the team instead - the top two all-arounders at Trials were guaranteed spots, which ultimately went to Simone Biles and Sunisa Lee - someone else would not fill the place she previously scored. This means the US would have only sent five women to the Games instead of six. However, Carey announced via Instagram on June 15 that she planned to accept her earned individual spot when the selection committee officially offered it to her.
Carey is coached by her father, Brian, at Arizona Sunrays. She has earned two world silver medals on vault (2017, 2019) and another world silver medal on floor (2017). She also won team gold at the 2019 World Championships.
Carey spoke to POPSUGAR last fall and said of gymnastics, "I love everything about it, like flipping and flying through the air. I also love the challenge that it brings. Everything is so challenging, but nothing feels better than finally accomplishing a skill or a routine that you've never done before." Ahead, read up on some fun facts about the now-Olympian.