Jade Carey Prepares For U.S. Classic After Stellar First Elite Competition

Jade Carey is a new senior elite gymnast who trains at Oasis Gymnastics in Peoria, Arizona. She made a big splash at her first-ever elite competition last month, winning all three events in which she competed at the 2017 American Classic held at the Karolyi Ranch in Huntsville, Texas.

At 16 years old, Carey began her elite journey after an outstanding three years at the top of the J.O. program. Last year at the 2016 J.O. Nationals, Carey performed a tucked Kasumatsu full on vault and it became 'the Carey.'

The future Oregon State Beaver trains under the direction of her dad, Brian, and the duo is gearing up for the U.S. Classic this weekend in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Carey is keeping some of her exciting upgrades under wraps and is excited to debut them at this summer's meets!

FloGymnastics caught up with Carey to hear about her first elite meet and this summer's upcoming competitions:

How did you feel heading into the American Classic?
I was really excited to compete again.

How did the meet go for you?
I thought it went really well especially for my first elite competition.

Take me through the competition event by event…
I started first up on beam and I was happy that I hit my routine. Floor went well I made all passes and then I landed both my vaults successfully.

What did it feel like to do so well?
It made me really motivated to keep working hard.

When you decided to go elite, did you have specific goals in mind?
My goals are always geared towards pushing myself to reach my full potential.

Who was involved in you making the decision to go the elite route?
Myself and my coaches.

What was the transition like getting into elite?
Challenging and rewarding at the same time.

What was your first camp like?
It was an eye-opening experience. I was happy to make some new friends and get the opportunity to work with the National Staff.

What was something unexpected or funny that happened at national team camp?
One time there was a tornado warning that turned out to be fun because we ended up with a unique bonding experience.

What's different about your elite path than other elite gymnasts?
I think other elite gymnasts typically started their path younger than I did.

What it's like having your dad as your coach?
I know that he always has my back and we have a bond that is unbreakable. I like that we can have fun in and out of the gym.

How are you feeling heading into the U.S. Classic?
I am eager for another opportunity to compete.

Are you planning to compete bars or will you do the same events as the American Classic?
Same events -- vault, beam, and floor.

What things are you looking forward to for U.S. Classic?
I am looking forward to competing on the podium in Chicago.

Do you have specific goals for the meet?
To hit three for three and have fun.

What is your main goal for this season?
My main goal for this season is to take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself.

What are your long-term goals for gymnastics?
To have a successful elite and college career.

JOs Highlights: Jade Carey's New Vault, 'The Carey'
2017 U.S. Classic Seniors Start List
Can't-Miss Senior Routines At The 2017 U.S. Classic

Stay up-to-date in the gymnastics world!

Sign up below for the FloGymnastics Newsletter and get updates on news, videos, results, rankings, live events, and more.

What's The Difference: Untangling The Shaposhnikova Family

What’s the Difference Between a Shaposh, Khorkina, Maloney, Van Leeuwen, Seitz, Chow, Chow Half, Komova, and Komova II?

5 NCAA Gymnasts To Watch At Elevate The Stage Toledo

With the conclusion of World Championships and the start of NCAA preseason exhibitions, it's almost time for the collegiate gymnastics season to begin. FloGymnastics will be providing coverage of several NCAA meets, including the NCAA meets at Elevate the Stage Toledo. Competing at Elevate the Stage gives collegiate teams the valuable opportunity to compete on podium, the same raised setup used at NCAA Championships. 

Jade Carey To Represent USA At 2018 Turnier der Meister World Cup

Jade Carey, Trevor Howard, and Marvin Kimble have been selected to represent the U.S. at the Turnier der Meister World Cup in Cottbus, Germany, Nov. 22-25, 2018.

5 Gymnasts Who Impressed At The 2018 World Championships But Went Unnoticed

At major international meets like the World Championships, it's easy for medalists and gymnasts from top countries to be noticed. Those are the gymnasts who receive the most coverage and attention. However, there are several gymnasts that go relatively unnoticed despite having a good meet, especially those who compete only in qualifications. Here are five gymnasts who did well in Doha but were under the radar.

Simone Biles Leads D-Scores At 2018 Gymnastics World All-Around Final

Simone Biles won the 2018 women's all-around title at the 2018 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Doha, Qatar, despite mistakes on three events, hurting her execution scores. What helped her finish the meet on top even with two falls was her difficulty score, which leads the entire women's all-around field by nearly three points. 

Help Change A Coach's Life: Vote Now For The 2018 Hometown Hero Award!

Hometown Heroes — an award to recognize the finest coaches in the country who make an impact in the community by changing high school-age athletes' lives for the better. You have from now until Friday, November 16, to vote for the 2018 Hometown Heroes Award. The winner to take home $25,000!

Highs And Lows Of The 2018 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships

Relive some of the most exciting and the most heartbreaking moments of the 2018 artistic gymnastics World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

USA Gymnastics Response Statement To USOC's De-Recognition Letter

Quote and letter via USA Gymnastics:

“The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) issued a letter today to USA Gymnastics initiating actions pursuant to Article 8 of its bylaws, which could ultimately result in the de-recognition of USA Gymnastics as a National Governing Body (NGB). This action is in accordance with their bylaws, which grant the USOC the power to review all matters relating to the continued recognition of an NGB. USA Gymnastics is carefully reviewing the contents of this letter and is evaluating the best path forward for our athletes, professional members, the organization and staff."USA Gymnastics’ board was seated in June 2018 and inherited an organization in crisis with significant challenges that were years in the making. In the four months since, the Board has done everything it could to move this organization towards a better future. We immediately took steps to change the leadership and are currently conducting a search to find a CEO who can rebuild the organization and, most importantly, regain the trust of the gymnastics community. Substantial work remains — in particular, working with the plaintiffs and USA Gymnastics’ insurers to resolve the ongoing litigation as quickly as possible. We will continue to prioritize our athletes’ health and safety and focus on acting in the best interests of the greater gymnastics community.”

USOC Takes Action To Revoke USA Gymnastics' National Governing Body Status

Press release by UNITED STATES OLYMPIC COMMITTEE | NOV. 05, 2018, 5:08 P.M. (ET)

Veterans Biles, Hurd Lead The Way For Team USA Youngsters At Worlds

When the United States Gymnastics team landed in Doha, Qatar, two weeks ago, they had one thought on their minds: The women’s team had won the last four World Championship team titles, and they didn’t want to be the squad that broke the streak.