TOKYO — Jade Carey redeemed herself from a disappointing efficiency within the vault last to come back again the subsequent day right here on the Tokyo Video games and win the gold medal on the ground train.
Carrying a purple, white and blue leotard that sparkled within the lights of the Ariake Gymnastics Heart, she flipped, twisted and danced her method to the highest of the rostrum, performing what she known as “one of the best ground routine I’ve ever completed in my life.”
Italy’s Vanessa Ferrari gained silver and two gymnasts tied for bronze: Mai Murakami of Japan and Angelina Melnikova of Russia.
After realizing that she had gained, Carey gave her coach, Brian — who can be her father — an enormous hug. The day earlier than, the 2 had hugged on the competitors ground, however out of disappointment.
Within the vault last on Sunday, Carey, who’s 21 and from Phoenix, tripped throughout her run-up to her first vault. She had deliberate to do a Yurchenko 2½, which is 2½ twists within the air and one flip, however may solely flip as soon as, with no twists. Her low rating for that vault ruined her possibilities for a medal. She left the competitors in tears.
“Yesterday was actually powerful for me,” Carey stated, calling it “a form of a blur.” She stated her U.S. teammates, particularly Simone Biles, had given her a pep speak as soon as she returned to the workforce’s resort. Biles advised her, “Let it go and transfer on. It occurred and you’ll’t do something about it.”
Carey added: “For tonight, I simply needed to let that go.”
However Carey had one likelihood to bounce again at these Video games, and took it.
In qualifying, Carey completed third on the ground train, behind Ferrari, who was first, and Biles, in second. Biles elected to not compete within the last, although she introduced Monday that she would take part within the steadiness beam last on Tuesday — her final attainable occasion on the Tokyo Video games.
Maggie Astor contributed reporting.