Simone Biles Pulls Out of Team Competition at Tokyo Olympics
According to NBC, the four-time gold medalist competed in her first rotation on vault on Tuesday, July 27. However, after landing, Biles was spotted walking off of the competition floor with a trainer. While Biles was set to compete in the uneven bars next, her teammate Jordan Chiles stepped in for her. NBC reports that Biles later returned wearing warmups.
“Simone has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue,” USA Gymnastics said in a statement on Tuesday. “She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.”
The U.S. women’s gymnastics team went on win the silver medal, with Biles cheering on her friends and fellow athletes. Russia scored the gold medal and Great Britain won bronze.
This news comes just one day after Biles took to social media to speak out about the pressure of the Games after prelims. “it wasn’t an easy day or my best but I got through it,” she wrote. “I truly do feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders at times.”
“I know I brush it off and make it seem like pressure doesn’t affect me but damn sometimes it’s hard hahaha!” she continued. “The olympics is no joke! BUT I’m happy my family was able to be with me virtually they mean the world to me!”
While she exited the team competition, Biles is still set to compete in the individual all-around competition on Thursday, July 29.
As more details emerge, take a look at the Peacock video above to see gymnast Laurie Hernandez break down what went wrong Biles’ vault, which took place just moments before the athlete withdrew from the team final.
Plus, see all of the U.S. gymnasts competing in the Tokyo Olympics below.
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