Jade Carey’s weekend couldn’t have ended any better.
After winning the vault title at the AGF Trophy world cup event in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Saturday, she capped things off with a gold medal on floor exercise on Sunday.
Carey’s challenging routine scored a 14.600, including a top score of 6.2 for difficulty. Coming in second was Italy’s Lara Mori, who scored a 13.866. The two were flip-flopped in qualification, with Mori scoring a 13.633 and Carey just behind her with a 13.600. Italy’s Vanessa Ferrari, a three-time Olympian, took the bronze with a score of 13.733.
Carey also won the AGF Trophy for top female execution score for her second vault in qualification.
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A gymnast’s placement at the end of the 2018-19 and 2019-20 FIG World Cup series will have a big impact on the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The top-ranked gymnast on each apparatus will qualify for the Games, with each athlete’s three top performances at the events counting toward his or her final ranking.
Last fall, Carey finished fifth on floor exercise at the first apparatus world cup event in Cottbus, Germany, scoring a 13.300 in the final. She entered the weekend ranked ninth on floor.
Carey will compete again next weekend at the March 20-23 world cup in Doha, Qatar.
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.