American Jade Carey singled out Simone Biles’ role in helping her to sweep her rivals off the floor for Olympic gold on Monday, 24 hours ater trailing in a tearful last on the vault.
As the second night of gymnastics apparatus finals got underway in Tokyo, confirmation filtered through that Biles will return to the Olympic arena for Tuesday’s closing beam final.
Ahead of her eagerly-awaited comeback, she was at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre to cheer on Carey, the 21-year-old from Arizona who tumbled her way to a score of 14.366 to take the title from Italian 30-year-old veteran Vanessa Ferrari.
For Carey, coached in Tokyo by her father Brian, this was rapid redemption after she stumbled on landing on her first vault on Sunday and cut a sorrowful figure ater her second jump.
She said: “Yesterday was very tough for me. I tripped, I guess, in my hurdle. For tonight, I just had to let that go and give it my all.
“Simone especially was helping me let it go and move on.
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