US gymnast Jade Carey wins gold in floor exercise final at Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO — American gymnast Jade Carey won the gold medal in the women’s floor exercise final Monday at the Tokyo Olympics.

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According to USA Gymnastics, the 21-year-old Carey, who qualified for Team USA as an individual, finished in first place with a score of 14.366. Italy’s Vanessa Ferrari won silver with a 14.2 score, while Japan’s Mai Murakami and Angelina Melnikova, of the Russian Olympic Committee, tied for bronze with a 14.166 score.

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Carey’s teammate Simone Biles, often described as the greatest gymnast of all time, also qualified last week for the floor final but withdrew from the event, as well as the team, individual all-around, vault and uneven bars finals, to focus on her mental health. Biles, 24, later revealed that she was suffering from “the twisties,” a mental block that causes athletes to lose awareness of their position midair, USA Today reported.

Following Biles’ withdrawal, fellow Americans Sunisa Lee, Jordan Chiles and Grace McCallum went on to win the silver medal in the team final. In Thursday’s all-around competition, Lee ended up capturing the gold medal, while Carey, who replaced Biles, finished in eighth place.

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MyKayla Skinner, also of the United States, took Biles’ place in Sunday’s vault final and won the silver medal, while Carey stumbled and finished in eighth place. Lee later won the bronze in the uneven bars final.

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Just minutes before Monday’s floor exercise final, USA Gymnastics confirmed that Biles will compete in the balance beam final Tuesday, joining Lee.

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