There’s exciting news in the world of Arizona gymnastics. Recently in August, at the 2018 U.S. National Gymnastics Championships held in Boston, 18-year-old Phoenix gymnast, Jade Carey, placed sixth All Around in the prestigious competition and has now qualified to be a member of the 2018 USA National Team. Reigning Olympic champion, Simone Biles, finished in first place in all events. Carey won second place on Floor and thirdin Vault. She was also the 2017 National Vault Champion and World Championships silver medalist on Vault and Floor.
The vault is where Carey is really making a name for herself in the sport of gymnastics. In the 2016 Junior Olympics, her vault – a tucked Kasamatsu full – was entered into the Junior Olympics code of points, forever to be known as “The Carey.”
This hard-working, elite-level gymnast is a 2018 graduate of Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale and has been awarded a full-ride scholarship to Oregon State University. Carey has decided to defer attending the University until 2020 and train full-time at the Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center in Phoenix to prepare for the 2020 summer Olympic games in Tokyo.
Carey’s primary coach and Vault coach is none other than her father, Brian Carey. The gymnast’s other two coaches are Daniel Witenstein, co-owner of Arizona Sunrays, on the uneven parallel bars and Pam Evans for balance beam and floor.