The energy inside the almost empty arena grew faster with each move. As Jade Carey swung and backflips her way across the floor inside the Ariack Gymnastics Center, a small contingent of American athletes and staff sitting in a corner began to roar.
By the time Carey finished her floor routine on Monday evening, she had earned a standing ovation. She triumphantly put her hand in the air and waited for the possibility to come forward.
a gold medal.
Carey’s score of 14.366 was topped by Vanessa Ferrari (14.2) of Italy and Mai Murakami of Japan and Victoria Listunova of the Russian Olympic Committee, who scored 14.166 points each. Brazil’s Rebecca Andrade, who won gold in the vault and silver in the all-around competition, could not finish in the medal race after finishing with 14.033.
Carrie’s bustling routine served as a strong rebuttal to what she had done before.
The 21-year-old from Phoenix had stumbled onto the runway the day before in the vault finals, somehow completing a routine that didn’t hurt. He did not speak to reporters even after he struggled in the second vault and finished eighth.
This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.