Gold Medalist Jade Carey Honored at Phoenix Gymnastics Center

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Jade Carey will soon be a freshman at Oregon State University, taking classes, enjoying the Pacific Northwest fall, and training and competing with her gym teammates.

She goes to school on September 1st.

But first, two nights to celebrate and honor for winning a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, where Carey bounced back from tripping in the vault final and finishing in eighth place in the routine. floor exercises of his life which won him gold in this event.

Tuesday night at the Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center in Phoenix, where Carey trained for four years, local leaders and Sunrays staff spoke to a crowd of young gymnasts, parents and members of the Community invited Carey’s Resilience to win the large disc she wore around her neck.

Another celebration is scheduled for Thursday at the training center where her mother works, USA Youth Fitness Center in Gilbert.

Olympic gold medalist Jade Carey poses with her gold medal during a ceremony in her honor at the Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics Center on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 in Phoenix.

“It means everything to me. It means a lot that all of Arizona is supporting me, and I’m really grateful that everyone is there to give me love and support, and it truly is such an honor to have Jade Carey Day, “the 21-year-old from Phoenix said as a queue passed through the door of an Arizona Sunrays room, filled with fans waiting at dusk for a chance to snap a photo with Carey.

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego was the first to speak, proclaiming August 17 Jade Carey Day in the city. Then came the Deputy Mayor of Tempe, Randy Keating, who proclaimed him Jade Carey Recognition Day in this community.

“The city of Phoenix takes our name from a bird rising from its ashes, and the hope was that the people here would come out of difficult circumstances to flourish, and Jade, you did just that and made this community proud, ”said Gallego. , with Carey watching from a seat on stage wearing a white US team Olympic t-shirt and mask.

“Thank you for making us feel good about Arizona sports,” Keating said.

Carey then received a framed Arizona State Flag, which flew over the State Capitol. Then the announcement that his Arizona Sunrays locker would be removed, and a gold necklace to continue a Sunrays tradition of honoring a college-bound athlete.

At each award, cheers from the crowd of spectators, some wearing purple T-shirts with the name of Carey and that of her training partner Riley McCusker, who narrowly missed making the Olympic team.

Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Jade Carey is greeted by hundreds of adoring fans at the Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics Center on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 in Phoenix.

Carey thanked the crowd. After graduating from high school in 2018, she deferred enrollment in the state of Oregon to spend the next year training for the Olympics. When those were pushed back from 2020 to 2021, Carey again postponed her registration for 2020 and set her sights on Tokyo for another year.

“It certainly hasn’t been easy,” she said. “But you make it all easy, and I can’t thank you enough.

“It’s so surreal and I’m really proud of this accomplishment,” said Carey.

Carey’s father and trainer Brian Carey said he couldn’t find the words to express how proud he is of his daughter.

When Simone Biles pulled out of the vault, Carey had to win, her father said. “The ultimate low for her to the ultimate 24 hour high,” said Brian Carey.

Sitting in the Tokyo training hall the morning after the jump incident, Brian told Jade, “I know you feel like yesterday was the worst day of your life, but today can be. the best. So let’s go. “

That night, Jade Carey won gold.

Olympic gold medalist Jade Carey poses with a long fan during a ceremony in her honor at the Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics Center on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 in Phoenix.

Next up for Carey is college, where she plans to major in kinesiology and compete for the Beavers. There is still a chance for her to join other top Olympic and university gymnasts, past and present, on the Gold Over America Exhibition Tour, which visits 35 cities across the United States and features Simone Biles.

Carey has not been officially announced as a participant on the tour, which opens on September 21 in Tucson and then heads to Glendale on September 22. If she wishes, Carey can potentially take advantage of the name, likeness and image rules adopted by the NCAA to allow her to enjoy appearances on tour.

Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Jade Carey is greeted by hundreds of adoring fans waving the American flag at the Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics Center on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 in Phoenix.

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