Who is Jade Carey's father? Brian Carey as daughter's coach watched her win gold at Tokyo Olympics
Team USA’s Jade Carey won the gold in the women’s gymnastics floor exercise final on Monday, August 2. She scored 14.3666 points while Italy’s Vanessa Ferrari came second with 14.200 points and the third spot was taken by Japan’s Mai Murakami as well as Angelina Romanovna Melnikova from Russia with 14.166 points.
The 21-year-old American artistic gymnast made history after entering the Tokyo Olympics all-around competition on July 29 in place of star gymnast Simone Biles. Through her win, Jade has maintained Team USA's winning streak. In 2016, Biles was the gold medalist in artistic gymnastics and before her, it was Aly Raisman in 2012.
Who is Jade Carey's father?
Jade’s father is Brian Carey, who is also her coach. Brian is one of the few parents of a Tokyo Olympian who has been able to watch their child perform live. “Having my dad out there by my side means everything to me. I'm really glad we were able to share this together,” Jade said earlier of her dad being there at the Games with her.
According to reports, the credit for Jade’s interest in the sport goes to her parents, who owned a gym when she was growing up. Her mother, Danielle Greenberg, said on the ‘Today Show’ earlier this month: “I believe she was about four years old; her dad and I were watching TV, and all of a sudden, oop, there goes a cartwheel. We looked at each other, and I said, ‘Did you teach her that?’ and he said, ‘No, did you?’ and I said ‘no,’ and so I think we kind of knew at that point."
Jade has described her relationship with her father and said, “At home he’s just my Dad and at the gym he’s just my coach.” In 2017 during an interview with Flogymnastics, Brian stated: “It’s great, we definitely leave gymnastics at the gym, so we walk out the door, and we don’t speak it until we walk back into the door the next time at the gym.”
Reports also stated that Brian is the supporter of gym owner Dan Witenstein, who was suspended by the USA Gymnastics in 2020 for a SafeSport code violation because of the allegations of sexual misconduct. But Jade’s father seemed to defend Witenstein as he said in August last year, “This is a very serious and delicate subject which I do not take lightly. I would like to make it very clear that I am an advocate for survivors and continue to fight to make positive changes in our sport.”
Jade trains with her father at Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics, whose founder is Witenstein. Brian added: “That being said, I have always been very protective and particular of who I let work with my daughter. I feel with great certainty that Dan Witenstein has cultivated an environment that is healthy and nurturing. I am thankful to Dan and Sunrays for providing a positive training experience, that has enabled my daughter to flourish as a gymnast and as a person.” Jade also has a photo with Witenstein on her Instagram with a caption that read, “i truly felt the love from my arizona gymnastics family tonight. i couldn’t do it without my amazing coaches.”