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Who is Jade Carey? Get to know U.S. gymnastics' automatic individual Olympic qualifier

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While the other gymnasts at the U.S. Olympic Trials pulled out all of their best skills and anxiously fought for the chance to compete at the Tokyo Olympics, Jade Carey was completely calm. That's because Carey's spot on the team was already guaranteed

Carey is one of the athletes taking advantage of the FIG's new team structure when she competes as an individual in Tokyo. A vault and floor exercise specialist, Carey should give the U.S. extra opportunities to bring home medals in the individual event finals.

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Jade Carey competes on the floor during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Gymnastics competition at The Dome at America's Center.
Jade Carey competes on the floor during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Gymnastics competition at The Dome at America's Center.

Get to know the rest of the Team USA gymnastics team:

Why does Jade Carey have a spot on the Olympic team?

Tthe FIG, which governs international gymnastics, decided to alter the team structure for the Tokyo Olympics. Rather than five team members as it has been since 2012, the FIG reduced the team roster to four spots and add up to two individual competitors per team. The goal of this change was to create more room at the Games for event specialists and smaller countries. Carey earned one of those individual spots and will compete for the United States, but not in the team competition.

How did Jade Carey get an individual spot?

Carey clinched an individual spot over a year ago because of her performances at a series of international gymnastics meets called the Individual Apparatus World Cup Series. The FIG has held World Cups since 2018, and Carey scored enough points to top the standings on both floor exercise and vault. That gave her an automatic qualification to the Olympics.

How old is Jade Carey?

Carey was born on May 27, 2000 and is 21 years old.

How tall is Jade Carey?

Carey is 5-foot-1.

Where is Jade Carey from?

Carey was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She trains under her father Brian at the Arizona Sunrays gym, also located in Phoenix.

How many medals does Jade Carey have?

The Tokyo Games are Carey's first Olympics, so she does not currently hold any Olympic medals. However, she has won four world championship medals: one gold and three silvers. She won silver on vault and floor exercise at the 2017 World Championships, and added a team gold and another silver on vault in 2019.

Who has the most Olympic medals?

The most-decorated Olympic gymnast of all time is Larisa Latynina, who competed in three Olympic Games from 1956–1964. She won 18 medals, nine of which were gold. Shannon Miller has won the most Olympic medals for the United States in gymnastics with seven across the 1992 and 1996 Olympics.

When will Jade Carey compete in Tokyo?

Carey will compete in the qualifying round July 25 and has a chance to compete in the individual event finals on vault and floor exercise, her two best events. The vault final will be Aug. 1 and the floor exercise final will be Aug. 2.

Where is Jade Carey going to school?

Carey committed to Oregon State University in 2017 but deferred her enrollment to 2021 to continue training for the Tokyo Olympics. She will compete on the Beavers' gymnastics team, which finished the 2021 season ranked No. 21 in the nation.

Contact Emily Adams at eaadams@gannett.com or on Twitter @eaadams6.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Jade Carey: Who is the U.S.'s first Olympic individual qualifier?