It has been nine days since Simone Biles stunned the world with her triple-double at the USA gymnastics national championships. As 22-year-old Biles leaped 10 feet into the air spinning at an incredible speed she became the first gymnast to add another level of difficulty to a twisting backflip in 31 years.
Instant speculation began as to whether she would attempt the feat again at Tokyo Olympic 2020 after which it would be named in her honor in the Code of Points. Fans who want to watch the live-action of Olympic gymnastics can get Olympic Gymnastics Tickets online.
But the road to another eponymous move for Biles could be less straightforward than expected. On Tuesday night American gymnast Jade Carey posted a video of herself training at the skill. The clip shows the 19-year-old perform a round-off back handspring before launching into a triple-double and landing on a soft mat just to the side of the competition floor.
In the gymnastics Code of Points when a gymnast is the first to perform a skill at a world championship or Olympics it is named after them. As both Biles and Carey seem poised to perform a triple-double in Tokyo, we could be looking at a Biles-Carey.
Carey who hails from Phoenix Arizona shot to the elite level just two years ago when she earned two world championship medals. She chose not to try out for the national team for Tokyo 2020 instead of pursuing qualification as an individual under a new format. The odds are in her favor a win at the World Cup in Australia this February will guarantee her ticket to Tokyo Olympic 2020.
Floor and vault are considered Carey’s strongest apparatus, so it is no wonder her tumbling is sound. Her triple-double is an incredible show of strength and skill, though it is not quite as technically sound as Biles’.
The older gymnast is known for her tight tuck and in her triple-double, her knees are tight to her chest. In contrast, Carey’s are slightly bent. Biles have the edge for successfully executing it in competition but Carey isn’t too far off both gymnasts managed to land with their chests high.
So far Carey is underrated, as she struggles to wow an audience with her artistic prowess. She placed second to Biles on both floor and vault at the USA gymnastics national championships and placed seventh all-around but she has the makings of something great.
It is worth noting that most other elite gymnasts including Biles have been on the circuit for at least five years. Carey has been competing at the elite level for a third of Biles’ successful career. Simply managing to train the complicated move just two years into her stint is exceptionally impressive.
If Carey works on her artistry and cleans up her form there is a strong chance she could score in Biles’ range at Tokyo.
Biles’ elite career has occasionally seen others come close to breaking her winning streak. Nina Derwael beat Biles to take gold on the uneven bars at the 2018 World Artistic Gymnastic Championships, but she still earned the all-around title.
Aly Raisman an incredibly talented gymnast in her own right come close winning silver in Rio 2016. But even then Biles won the individual all-around title by 2.10 points. Though 2.10 don’t seem like a large margin, the average win between 1972 and 2012 was 0.208 points. But if Carey’s practice and skill come together in time, she could be the one to close the margin. Biles herself has proven that perseverance, with just the right amount of daring, pays off.
In 2013 a crisis of confidence when Biles first entered the elite level caused her to make several mistakes during her routines at a national team competition. She didn’t even complete her vault routine. But Biles still managed to prove her ability with her drive and natural talent helping her to win five medals in Rio 2016.
Biles’ triple-double was a gamble – in competition one month prior she had stepped out of bounds. In the opening floor exercise, her move was so powerful that she used her hands to save herself from falling.
Carey has natural talent just like Biles as much is evident from her triple-double. Now the question is whether she has the perseverance and daring to take it on and make Tokyo Olympics 2020 an unexpected showdown. But even if Carey does not succeed, it is likely the chance of some competition will force Biles to compete even harder to cement her name as the Greatest of All-time.
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