Carey was eighth in Sunday’s vault final – she made a mistake on the first of her two vaults – but the American was back at her best as she won gold in women’s floor exercise with a score of 14.366 at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
“Coming back from a day like yesterday, I’m really proud of myself that I was able to put this behind me and finish with probably the best floor routine I have ever done in my life,” Carey told reporters. as she reflected on the difference in her performance on vault and floor.
“Yesterday was very difficult for me,” added Carey. “I tripped, I guess, in my hedge, or just before. I don’t even know. It’s a little fuzzy now. It was really tough, but I’m glad I was safe and healthy. . Doing that second jump was a challenge, but I didn’t want to give up. For tonight, I just had to drop and give it my all. “
“Everything we have always dreamed of”
According to Carey, all of her gymnastics teammates in the United States were supportive of her after the vault final, but that Biles “mostly” helped the 21-year-old gymnast “let go and move on.”
“She said, ‘It happened, and there’s nothing you can do about it.’ She said to me, ‘Let’s go out and kill the ground,’ and that’s what I did. ‘
Carey is coached by her father Brian, and the American gymnast said having her at Gymnastics Center Ariake meant “everything” to her.
“It’s everything we ever dreamed of,” said the American gymnast. “It’s really special to be able to win this medal with him by my side.
“I spoke to my dad last night, and we decided together that we were just going to let things go as best we could, and both of us were putting on everything we could tonight.”
Biles – arguably the greatest gymnast of all time – competed in the Olympic qualifiers on July 25 and then the United States vault rotation in the women’s team final on July 27 before retiring from the competition, citing mental health issues.
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