Chiles and Carey lead U.S. gymnastics team to historic performance at worlds

Led by Olympic and NCAA stars Jordan Chiles and Jade Carey, and breakout star Shilese Jones, the US women’s gymnastics team won its sixth straight world title on Tuesday.

Since 2010 – or in other words, since current team member Skye Blakely was five years old – the team has now won every World Championship gold medal.

After the top result in the qualifying rounds on Saturday – and more than 2 1/2 points ahead of the second-placed Great Britain – the Americans went into the final as the clear favorites. The team more than lived up to the bill, starting the meet with the best event score of the day (by each team and on each device) with a score of 43.133 on vault.

While several teams appeared to be struggling with nerves – including costly falls in the opening routines for contenders China and Italy – the USA appeared to have no such problem, maintaining a two-point lead at half-time.

In fact, Chiles, who fell twice on beams in qualifying, showed incredible resilience with a strong lead-building routine at that very event. And she celebrated accordingly.

In the end, the Americans finished with a combined final score of 166,564 – more than three points ahead of home team Great Britain. The second-place result marked a best-ever result for the British team, who looked delighted with the final result.

While there was little drama for the gold and silver medals, the fight for bronze was full of it. Japan held position before moving into the final rotation, but a devastatingly flawed parallel bars exercise by Kokoro Fukasawa opened the door for Canada. Moments later, three-time Olympian Ellie Black anchored the Canadians on beam and sealed their country’s first-ever team medal at World Championships.

Her reaction immediately after her exit and all the tears of joy she shed shortly afterwards really said it all.

With their podium finishes, the USA, Great Britain and Canada automatically qualify as a team for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Russia, the 2020 Olympic champion, has been banned from world competition because of the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

The American women will look to continue their medal winning streak later this week, starting with Jones and Carey in Thursday’s all-around. Before that, the US men will compete in the team finals on Wednesday, trying to secure their first world medal in the competition since 2014.

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Emma Bowman

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