Jade Carey has done the work. Now she just has to wait to see if it will pay off with a spot at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
In all likelihood, it will next month.
Carey wrapped up her weekend at the International Gymnastics Federation World Cup stop in Melbourne, Australia, with a win on the floor exercise on Sunday to go along with her victory on the vault on Saturday. She now has three wins and the maximum number of points in each apparatus – 90 – and ranks first in the world in both.
Assuming no other gymnast passes her on a tiebreak in the last two events, both in March, Carey will earn an individual spot to compete at the Olympics in everything but the team competition. With a new rule in place this year to provide more opportunities for qualification after reducing the team size to four, the top-ranked gymnast in the world on each apparatus following the world cup events will earn an individual Olympic spot.
On Sunday, the 19-year-old from Phoenix, Arizona easily outscored the second-closest competitor for the win on floor. She was the only one to score over 14.00, earning a mark of 14.366. Performing a new routine for 2020 that had the highest degree of difficulty of any of the competitors, the 2017 world silver medalist was solid with her tumbling passes that included a pair of double layouts and made no major errors in cinching up her second victory of the weekend.
Italy’s Vanessa Ferrari was second with a score of 13.700, and Lara Mori, also from Italy, was third with a score of 12.900.
Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic and Paralympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.