Jade Carey Reveals ‘Special Words’ From Simone Biles That Helped Her Comeback After Disastrous Vault Final.
Twenty four hours after Jade Carey finished last in the women’s vault final at the Tokyo Olympics, the American gymnast tumbled her way to gold on the floor exercise while being roared on by cheerleader-in-chief Simone Biles.
The unexpected absence of Biles from the floor final had paved the way for a new champion to be crowned in Tokyo and thanks to some uplifting pep talk from the 2016 Olympic gold medalist, Carey powered her way to the top of the podium to ensure that the top prize did not leave American hands.
“Simone especially was just like helping me let it (the vault) go and move on,” Carey told reporters. “She just said ‘You know, it happened, and you can’t do anything about it’, and she was just like, ‘Let’s go out and kill floor’. So that’s what I did.”
The absence of Biles from the first four individual finals — all-around, vault, asymmetric bars and floor exercise — in Tokyo dominated the Games after she shocked the world by abruptly pulling out of the team competition having performed just one vault.
The 24-year-old, who had been expected to improve on her haul of four golds and a bronze from Rio, made the decision to protect her mental health.
By taking gold, Carey guaranteed that all the women on the U.S. team – the four in the team competition plus herself and MyKayla Skinner who appeared in individual finals, went home with medals. “I’m really proud of her (Biles)” she said. “She’s been through during and after the Olympics so I’m really proud and happy for her