Simone Biles will not vie successful the women’s idiosyncratic all-around final, meaning different gymnast volition person to measurement up and instrumentality her spot successful Thursday’s event.
While nary 1 jock tin beryllium expected to lucifer the caller dominance of Simone Biles, the reigning golden medal victor for the idiosyncratic all-around and the favourite aft Sunday’s qualifier, the U.S. volition get to crook to different top-ranked rival successful the event: 21-year-old Jade Carey.
Carey, who finished ninth wide successful women's qualifying Monday, did not initially marque the 24-athlete all-round finals owed to International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) rules limiting each state to 2 competitors. She posted the third-highest people for Team USA, down Biles and Sunisa Lee.
With Biles pulling retired of the event, USA Gymnastics confirmed Wednesday that Carey volition capable in, granting her a accidental to triumph a medal astatine her archetypal Olympics.
Carey was technically the archetypal gymnast to suffice for the U.S., carving a caller way laid retired by the FIG pursuing the Rio Olympics successful 2016. The federation chopped squad contention from 5 to 4 members for the Tokyo Games and opened up caller idiosyncratic spots, which athletes who are not connected a state squad could clinch without being chosen by their nation's enactment committee.
She skipped the 2018 World Championships to enactment eligible for the spot, and her occurrence successful 4 Apparatus World Cup Series competitions betwixt 2018 and 2019 mathematically guaranteed her a bid.
After immoderate speculation that she would forgo the automatic qualification to effort for a spot connected the U.S. team, which would let her to vie successful some idiosyncratic and squad events, she announced successful June she would judge the idiosyncratic spot.
Her determination yet besides allowed the U.S. to bring six gymnasts to Tokyo: the four-person squad of Biles, Lee, Jordan Chiles and Grace McCallum, who won the metallic medal successful the squad all-around connected Tuesday, and MyKayla Skinner, who was picked by the U.S. gymnastics enactment committee aft the June trials.
While Carey couldn't vie successful the squad event, she inactive has an awesome resume to vie for a podium finish.
She earned a full of 7 medals astatine satellite championships from 2018 to 2020, including six golds.
Her strengths are vault and level exercise, for which she won 2 golden medals each astatine the Baku and Doha World Cups successful 2019. Earlier this week, she qualified for some last events successful the Olympics, posting the second-highest vault score, 15.166, and the third-highest people successful floor, astatine 14.100.
A autochthonal of Phoenix, Arizona, Carey deferred a 2017 enrollment astatine Oregon State to bid for the Tokyo Olympics.
Carey and Lee volition correspond the U.S. successful the idiosyncratic women's all-around connected Thursday, July 29 astatine 6:50 a.m. ET. Watch the unrecorded watercourse HERE.