Entertainment Sports How Jade Carey Earned Spot on Team USA Gymnastics as She Moves in to Replace Simone Biles Jade Carey, 21, secured her individual spot on USA Gymnastics' team with her performance during the World Cup series By Vanessa Etienne Vanessa Etienne Twitter Vanessa Etienne is an Emerging Content Writer-Reporter for PEOPLE. Prior to joining in April 2021, she served as a reporter for Men's Health Magazine and BET Digital after freelancing for publications such as The New York Times and Everyday Health. Originally from northern Virginia, Vanessa is a proud Haitian American with a love for R&B music and mental health topics. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor's in Communication and Public Relations before earning her master's degree in Journalism from the City University of New York. People Editorial Guidelines Updated on July 28, 2021 02:44 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Emilee Chinn/Getty Editor's note: This story was originally published in June. On Wednesday, U.S. gymnastics officials said Jade Carey would replace Simone Biles in the Olympic women's all-around final after Biles withdrew, citing her mental health. The original story on Carey qualifying for Team USA is below. USA Gymnastics is sending six athletes to compete at the Tokyo Olympics after Jade Carey announced her plans to accept her spot on the team as an individual event specialist. In April, Carey earned her place at the Tokyo Games thanks to strong performances at four World Cup competitions starting in 2018. She announced via social media on June 16 that she was set to take that individual spot once it was officially offered to her, rather than pursue a team spot. Prior to the 21-year-old's decision, the United States was faced with the possibility of competing at the Olympic Games with fewer gymnasts than the maximum number. Had Carey earned a team member position during the Olympic trials, the individual spot she secured could not be filled by another gymnast — and the U.S. would only be allowed to send five women to compete in Tokyo. For previous Olympic Summer Games, gymnastics teams consisted of five members. The decision to reduce to four was made in 2015 by the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) as a way to narrow the competitive gap for smaller countries. In Tokyo, countries are able to compete with four team members and two individual spots. USA Gymnastics/Instagram Simone Biles Wins 2021 U.S. Gymnastics Championships, Picking Up 7th National Title "I'm really excited to be heading to St. Louis next week. I have every intention to accept the individual spot that I worked very hard to earn by competing in the Apparatus World Cup Series spanning from 2018-2020 when officially offered to me," Carey said in her announcement on Instagram. "My focus right now is preparing to compete at the Olympic Games in Tokyo and being able to contribute to Team USA in any way possible. Thank you for your continued support." Many other elite gymnasts congratulated her in the comment section of her post, including fellow Olympian MyKayla Skinner and past Olympic gold medalists Laurie Hernandez and Nastia Liukin. Despite her decision, Carey was still expected to compete at the trials. The Olympic team also included Skinner as well as Simone Biles, Jordan Chiles and Suni Lee, — who finished top three at the U.S. Championships — as well as Grace McCallum. To learn more about all the Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls, visit TeamUSA.org. Watch the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this summer on NBC.