Women's Sport: This US Gymnast could qualify for the Olympics before Simone Biles

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When it comes to Team USA gymnastics, Simone Biles is always the gymnast who springs to mind, however, she might not be the first gymnast to qualify for this year's Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Competing for an individual Olympic gymnastics spot outside the team competition, Jade Carey earned maximum points in a World Cup that is one way of qualifying for Tokyo 2020. 

The official US Olympic gymnastics trials will be held in late June, but for Carey, she could qualify in March.

With two World Cups left, Carey already has three wins on floor exercise and three on vault. If no other gymnast equals her maximum points score, forcing a tie-breaker, she will automatically qualify. 

Carey won't be able to compete in the team competition where we will likely see Simone Biles feature. 

In October, Carey told NBC sports of her decision: "I knew I would be giving up being on the team, but I think, for me, it made sense to just go for it.”

A world medalist on floor and vault, she doesn't have the same all-around legacy as the likes of Biles and some other gymnasts in the USA.

For Tokyo 2020, team event sizes were cut from five to four putting more pressure on the need to be an all-rounder to qualify as each team must field three gymnasts on each apparatus during the Olympic final.

With a huge pool of gymnasts competing for the Olympics, it is impossible to know who will make the final cut, apart from Biles who has continued to dominate in competitions and would be defending the four gold medals she won at Rio 2016.

She recently became the most-decorated gymnast in world championship history when she won five gold medals at the 2019 World Championships - taking her total medal haul from the competition to 25.

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