By Karen Price | Oct. 08, 2017, 3:49 p.m. (ET)
Jade Carey competes in the floor exercise at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at Olympic Stadium on Oct. 8, 2017 in Montreal.

 

Three months ago, Jade Carey competed in her first elite gymnastics meet. 

On Sunday, she won her second medal at the world championships in Montreal, this one a silver medal on floor exercise.

She very nearly made it a gold, too. Getting lots of height on her strong, controlled tumbling passes, Carey scored a 14.200, just 0.033 behind leader Mai Murakami of Japan. 

The 17-year-old from Phoenix also won a silver medal in the vault on Saturday, and in total had two of Team USA’s five medals in Montreal.

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Chosen for the team in part because of her strong vaulting — she won the event in all three senior meets leading up to this weekend — Carey’s medal on the floor exercise was the icing on an impressive world championships debut.

Carey was third on the floor in qualifying on Thursday night with a score of 14.100, behind Murakami in second and U.S. teammate Ragan Smith in first. Smith, the U.S. all-around, balance beam and floor exercise champion, withdrew from the world championships with an ankle injury suffered in the vault warm-up on Friday. She was set to compete in both the all-around and floor exercise finals.

A year ago, Carey was a junior athlete. She made her elite debut at the American Classic in July, winning vault, floor exercise and balance beam, then won vault and floor at the U.S. Classic before winning the vault title at the national championships in August. 

With Carey’s second medal, the U.S. finished the world championships with a total of five medals: one gold (Morgan Hurd, all-around), three silver (Hurd, balance beam; Carey, vault and floor) and one bronze (Yul Moldauer, floor exercise).

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.