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28-07-2021 · "After further medical evaluation, Simone Biles has withdrawn from the final individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games, in order to focus on her mental health," the statement ...

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  • Fans were shocked when Simone Biles withdrew from the women's team gymnastics final during the Tokyo Olympics.
  • After initial reports of a medical issue, the gold medalist revealed that she left the floor for her mental health and knew her team could go on without her.
  • U.S.A. Gymnastics an updated statement announcing that Simone won't be competing in the women's gymnastics individual all-around event, either.

Gymnastics fans were surprised Tuesday morning when reigning champion Simone Biles altered her vault in the air and stumbled upon landing during the Olympics team competition. But people were stunned when it was announced that Simone would be pulling out of the rest of the team competition and the all-around event.

Plenty people were left wondering, “Why did Simone Biles withdraw?” and the answer wasn’t clear immediately. After some initial reports that the gymnastics G.O.A.T. was physically injured, U.S.A. Gymnastics released this statement online: “Simone has withdrawn from the team final competition because of a medical issue. She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.”

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But soon after, NBC reported that the 24-year-old wasn’t physically injured. Instead, they said, she pulled out of competition due to a mental health issue.

Simone told Today’s Hoda Kotb that her teammates were “freaking out” when she told them she was leaving the competition.

“They were like crying, and I was like, ‘You guys need to relax, you're going to be fine without me. Go out there, kick some butt just like you've done in training, and just lay it out on the floor and see what happens,’” she said. Simone could be seen during the competition cheering her teammates on from the sidelines and even helping to move around mats for them.

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In a press conference after the event, Simone said that she “took a step back” because she “didn’t want to do something silly” and get injured. “I thought it was best if these girls took over and did the rest of the job, which they absolutely did. They’re Olympic silver medalists now and they should be really proud of themselves for how well they did,” she said.

Simone said that “it’s been really stressful” at the Games, “just as a whole, not having an audience. There are a lot of different variables going into it.” Simone said that “it’s been a long week, it’s been a long Olympic process, it’s been a long year…just a lot of different variables and I think we’re just a little too stressed out. We should be out here having fun and sometimes that’s not the case.”

Simone later repeated that she felt “stressed out” before the meet, noting that she was “shaking” beforehand. "I’ve never felt like this going into a competition before and I tried to go out,” she said. "But once I came out here, I was like, ‘no. Mental is not there, so I just need to let the girls do it and focus on myself.'" (FYI, she's talking about Jordan Chiles and Suni Lee, who definitely showed off their skills.)

Simone hinted earlier this week after having a shaky start during the preliminary round that she was mentally struggling with the pressure going into the Olympic games. “It wasn’t an easy day or my best but I got through it,” she wrote on Instagram. “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! The olympics is no joke! BUT I’m happy my family was able to be with me virtually🤍 they mean the world to me!”

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On Wednesday, U.S.A. Gymnastics released another statement announcing that Simone won't be competing in the women's gymnastics individual all-around event, either.

"After further medical evaluation, Simone Biles has withdrawn from the final individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games, in order to focus on her mental health," the statement said, per People. "Simone will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether or not to participate in next week's individual event finals."

Instead, teammate Jade Carey will take Simone's place. "We wholeheartedly support Simone's decision and applaud her bravery in prioritizing her well-being. Her courage shows, yet again, why she is a role model for so many," the statement continued.

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Other athletes have cheered Simone on, including her former teammate Laurie Hernandez. “The whole globe is watching her,” she told Today. “The pressure is immense.”

Laurie added: "When something like this happens, there's just immense pressure [and] this feeling of, 'I don't want to let my team down.' We don't want to speculate [about why she exited] ... at the end of the day, mentally, physically, we just want to make sure she's okay."

Simone's remaining events include the individual finals in vault, beam, uneven bars, and floor—but it's still unclear whether she will compete.

Simone told Today that she felt ”good” physically. “I'm in shape," she said. "Emotionally, that kind of varies on the time and moment. Coming here to the Olympics and being the head star isn't an easy feat, so we're just trying to take it one day at a time and we'll see."

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Jul 27, 2021

One vault, and Simone Biles' night ended.

The final U.S. gymnast to compete during the first rotation in Tuesday's Olympic women's team finals, Biles opened early on an Amanar and seemed to lose where she was in the air. The best vaulter in the world landed low on what became a Yurchenko 1½ (instead of 2½) and took a massive step forward.

Afterward, she sat with the team doctor, surrounded by her teammates, and shook her head. "I'm fine," she said multiple times before leaving the arena.

If Biles is known for anything, it is her technical superiority and air awareness. What happened on vault was incredibly out of character, but Biles would know better than anyone else that her misfire was more than a fluke. Her routines are so difficult and the skills she performs so dangerous that had she continued to compete with her mindset shaken, she risked catastrophic injury.

"You have to be there 100%," Biles told reporters after the meet. "If not, you get hurt. Today has been really stressful. I was shaking. I couldn't nap. I have never felt like this going into a competition, and I tried to go out and have fun. But once I came out, I was like, 'No. My mental is not there.'"

When she returned to the competition floor, Biles informed her teammates she had withdrawn from the meet. Then she took off her grips, put on her warm-ups and became Team USA's biggest cheerleader. She hugged and offered help from the sideline. She mirrored her teammates' routines as they competed on floor and ran the chalk box to them between turns on bars.

During the meet, NBC reported Biles' reason for scratching was "a mental issue she is having" and added it was "not injury-related." USA Gymnastics followed the report and tweeted, "Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue. She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions." It is likely that statement and the NBC report are saying the same thing.

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It was a heartbreaking stream of news and the type of information it's hard to imagine a gymnast and her coaches revealing under USA Gymnastics' former regime. More than dancing between rotations or showing up to cheer on the men's team, the fact that Biles chose to place her mental and physical health above all -- during the Olympics -- and reveal her struggles to the world reminds gymnastics fans that if there is a cultural shift taking place within the sport, the athletes are leading it.

"It's been a long year, and I think we are too stressed out. We should be out here having fun," Biles said. "Sometimes that's not the case."

From a competitive standpoint, the news of Biles' withdrawal from the meet was anything but good news for a team already chasing the Russian Olympic Committee, behind by more than a point after the first rotation.

But from a human standpoint, the news hit harder. Biles has said throughout the past year that her return to the gym, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic delayed these Games, was made only more difficult by the fact that in order to chase her goals, she must represent an organization that failed her and her fellow survivors in the wake of the Larry Nassar abuse revelations. She has continued to call out the organization on its lack of transparency and has said that as long as she performs in an Olympic leotard bedazzled with "USA," she keeps a light shining brightly upon the survivors and their want for answers they have yet to receive.

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Biles has said, though, that this time around, she wanted to compete for herself in a way she didn't in 2016, to push the limits of the sport simply to see what her body is capable of achieving. After Tuesday's meet, she broke down as she told reporters, "This Olympic Games, I wanted it to be for myself. But I was still doing it for other people. It hurts my heart that doing what I love has been kind of taken away from me to please other people."

Tuesday in Tokyo, that weight became too much to bear. And Biles responded by doing something gymnasts have been calling upon their sport to do for them for years: place athlete health and well-being ahead of gold medals. "I say put mental health first before your sport," Biles said of her decision. "I had to do what's right for me and not jeopardize my health and well-being. That's why I decided to take a step back and let [my teammates] do their work."

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Biles said she will take Wednesday as "a mental rest day" and then make a decision on the rest of the Games. "We're going to see about Thursday," she said in reference to the individual all-around final. Biles qualified first into the all-around, and if she decides to defend her gold medal, she will be joined by Suni Lee. If she withdraws, individual athlete Jade Carey will take her place. "We're going to take it one day at a time," Biles said.

At the completion of the meet, as the teary-eyed members of the Russian Olympic Committee team celebrated their victory, Biles led her teammates toward them. "Good job, girls!" she said. She hugged each woman and congratulated her on her win. She lauded her teammates for winning a silver medal.

Instead of labeling this night a disappointment for the American team, perhaps it's a time to celebrate the ushering in of a new era: one in which gold medals take a backseat to mental health.

D'Arcy Maine contributed to this story.

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27-07-2021 · American superstar Simone Biles dropped out of the team Olympic gymnastics final, and Russian athletes upset the U.S. team. USA Gymnastics said a "medical issue" forced Biles out of the ...

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Russian gymnasts upset the U.S. Olympic team in Tokyo on Tuesday after American superstar Simone Biles withdrew from the competition.

Biles, the reigning all-around Olympic gold medalist and one of the faces of the American contingent in Japan, left the team final after a disappointing vault performance with what USA Gymnastics called "a medical issue." Biles "will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions," the U.S. gymnastics governing body said.

Biles later told NBC's "TODAY" she is "in shape" and feels "good" physically. She said she felt increased pressure as one of the most well-known athletes at the games.

USA's Simone Biles cheers during the artistic gymnastics women's team final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo on July 27, 2021.

"Emotionally, that kind of varies on the time and the moment," she said. "You know, coming here to the Olympics and being the head star of the Olympics is not an easy feat, so we're just trying to take it one day at a time, and we'll see."

The Russian Olympic Committee won the team gold medal with a score of 169.528. The U.S. claimed silver with a tally of 166.096, while Great Britain took the bronze at 164.096.

The Americans did not win team gold for the first time since 2008.

Biles exited the competition after the vault error and headed off the floor with a team doctor. She came back to the arena, hugged her teammates and watched the rest of the competition in her warmup uniform.

The 2016 all-around gold medalist said she would see about whether she would defend her individual title on Thursday.

Biles, 24, is considered one of the greatest gymnasts in the sport's history. She won four gold medals at the 2016 Olympics and has dominated world championships with 19 gold medals to her name.

Biles has opened up about mental health struggles in the past. In a Facebook video series earlier this month, she said she dealt with depression after acknowledging she was a victim of sexual abuse by Larry Nassar, a former doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University.

He was accused of molesting dozens of girls and women including Biles and other Olympic gymnasts. Nassar was sentenced in 2018 to up to 175 years in prison.

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    On Wednesday, Simone Biles dropped out of the Olympic individual all-around competition in order to prioritize her mental health, according to the New York Times. “We wholeheartedly support Simone’s decision and applaud her bravery in prioritizing her well-being,” said a statement from USA Gymnastics.
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27-07-2021 · At least the failures try. Biles is much worse. and should be seeing far worse headlines. 5. “She is the tail end of a system that allowed a team doctor to sexually abuse DOZENS girl for decades, including her.” 100% irrelevant to the entire story. Talk about stretching to find excuses! 6. “Simone BIles is the BEST gymnast probably ever.”

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Here is the jaw-dropping opening to the New York Times report updated a few minutes ago:

In the biggest upset for the United States at the Tokyo Games, Simone Biles withdrew from the gymnastics team competition after it had started on Tuesday, handing Russia’s squad a path to the gold medal and ending American domination of the event for more than a decade. Biles, Team U.S.A.’s star, said she pulled out of the event because she wasn’t in the right place mentally to perform the difficult and often dangerous skills she is known for, after feeling so much pressure to be successful. She had been struggling with the stress of being the greatest gymnast in history, she said, and outside expectations were just too hard to combat. It is not clear whether she will compete in her individual events.

I have been following sports, and especially team sports, since I was 12-years-old. I cannot imagine any male athlete withdrawing from his team during a crucial series or before a pivotal game because he “wasn’t in the right place” mentally, or because he was feeling “pressure to be successful.” Any male athlete behaving like this would be universally condemned by the sportswriting establishment, team members and fans, and rightfully so. But The Boston Glob’s Tara Sullivan this morning provided another jaw-dropping article headlined, “Bravo to Simone Biles for taking care of herself when she needs it most.”

When she needed it most? The entire concept of a team, be it in sports or in any other pursuit, is to sacrifice one’s own desires and comfort when the team needs it most. In the 1996 Summer Olympics, female gymnast Kerri Strug sucked it up and preserved her team’s medal by performing a vault despite a seriously injured ankle. This was hailed as the epitome of sportsmanship and athletic courage. Now Biles quits her team because, as she wrote on Instagram before her decision, “I truly do feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders at times.” Indeed, every star and superstar on any team seeking the distinction of a championship facing top competition feels the weight on his or her shoulders. Only Biles not only decided that this was ample justification to abandon her team mates, but is being praised for it. Astounding. Astounding. I keep thinking about how I would react as stage director to the leading actor in a stage production who came to me on opening night and said, “I just can’t go on. The pressure is too much!”

Biles choked, that’s all. It happens to lots of elite athletes when the spotlight gets too hot, and that’s one way we distinguish the truly great from the pretenders. Sometimes it’s unfair: Ted Williams only played in one World Series, and stunk. He was injured but never complained or used his injury as an excuse; still the Boston sportswriters heaped abuse on him, writing for decades that when the Red Sox needed him most, he couldn’t come through. But Williams, who was a war hero and fighter pilot that even his worst enemies never accused of not having guts, didn’t quit his team during the 1946 World Series because he was afraid of hurting himself worse or because he felt the “weight of the world’ on his shoulders. If he had, he would have been run out of town.

Williams is just the first example that came to mind; there are too many others to count. Biles isn’t a child; she’s 24. In women’s gymnastics, that’s a crusty veteran, and someone who should be counted upon to be a role model. If female athletes are going to insist on equal respect and equal compensation in comparison to male athletes, they can’t simultaneously be held to different, lesser, “kinder” standards. Unless Biles is suffering from something a lot more serious than a crisis of confidence and the bruised ego of a superstar for whom winning has been all too easy in the past, her withdrawal is a betrayal of her team and her sport, and she should now have to shoulder exactly the kind of criticism any male athlete would who behaved similarly.

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Concerns for gymnastics star Simone Biles poured in after it was announced she was pulling out of the team competition at the Tokyo Olympics. The news came soon after Biles wrote on social media she was feeling the “weight of the world” on her shoulders.   

During a rough vault, Biles completed 1.5 twists, instead of the expected 2.5, and stumbled on the landing. She was seen walking off the floor, huddling with her teammates and speaking with her trainer.

Biles then left the gym and returned in the team's white warmup gear with her "right leg wrapped.” 

Peacock, NBC’s streaming service that is broadcasting the Olympics, reported that Biles’ withdrawal was not injury-related and that her coach said it was a mental health issue she was having.

“Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue. She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions,” USA Gymnastics tweeted.

Despite competing without its top gymnast, team USA still managed to take home the silver medal. 

Later on, Biles told reporters she’s been "fighting all of those demons" and explained why she pulled out. “To focus on my well-being, and, you know, there's more to life than just gymnastics.”

"No injuries, thankfully, and that's why I took a step back because I didn't want to do something silly out there and get injured," Biles said at a press conference. "So I thought it was best if these girls took over and did the rest of the job, which they absolutely did."

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27-07-2021 · Why Simone Biles Pulled Out Of The Olympic Gymnastics Team Final. U.S. gymnast Simone Biles shocked the world on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, when she pulled …

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U.S. gymnast Simone Biles shocked the world on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, when she pulled out of the team gymnastics final at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 after having an uncharacteristically wonky landing on a vault that should have been second nature to her. According to USA Today, her unexpected departure from competition left her team without enough points to take the gold. The top spot was taken by the Russian team, which was allowed to compete despite the country's proven track record of state-sanctioned doping scandals in recent years.

"I think tonight they get a gold medal from me in fighting cause they never gave up and they just showed the world what they're capable of," she said of her teammates. So why exactly did Biles, widely considered to be the best in the world in her sport, pull out of the team final? Let's take a look into her reasons for withdrawing from the competition and see.

Despite having won four gold medals at the Rio 2016 games, Biles said she felt a pressure unlike anything she'd experienced in previous competitions. According to NBC, she told reporters that she "felt like it would be better to take a back seat" and let her teammates take over. "It's been a long week, a long Olympics process, a long year," she said. "I think we're a little too stressed out. We should be out here having fun and that's just not the case." 

She told the L.A. Times that the stress was negatively affecting her performance and safety. "I had no idea where I was in the air," she said of that vault that shouldn't have been a problem for her. She feared that without the focus required to perform at the level she is used to, she risked getting injured. But is this it for Biles this time around? There are still individual events in which she could compete, but as of the day of her withdrawal from the team, she was still unsure as to whether or not she would compete in those events. 

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The superstar gymnast has withdrawn from the team finals in Tokyo due to a "medical issue," according to USA Gymnastics. Simone Biles out of team competition July 27, 2021 08:12

Superstar gymnast Simone Biles withdrew from the team competition in Tokyo on Tuesday with "a medical issue," according to USA Gymnastics.

Biles walked off the floor with her trainer after competing in the vault on Tuesday. Teammate Jordan Chiles then filled in for Biles on the uneven bars.

Simone Biles has withdrawn from the women's gymnastics team competition in Tokyo. Tom Weller / DeFodi Images via Getty Images

"Simone has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue," USA Gymnastics said in a statement. "She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions."

Biles' teammate, MyKayla Skinner, who suffered her own heartbreak when her Olympic journey came to an end in Sunday's qualifying round, said she was anguished at the news that Biles had bowed out.

"My heart broke for her," Skinner told TODAY on Tuesday. "I can't even imagine what she's going through right now. I wish I could run down there and give her a big hug."

The withdrawal of the 24-year-old star deals a serious blow to Team USA's chances of defending its gold medal from the 2016 Olympics.

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Biles also entered as the heavy favorite to win gold in the individual all-around competition as well as multiple other events.

"You can never give up on hope ... They can do this, I don't know if they'll be able to pull into first," Skinner said. "I'm not sure, I'm hoping they can still take on the silver medal, or maybe the bronze. I guess we'll just have to see how they do and handle this pressure."

Biles became the first woman since 1992 to qualify for the finals in the individual vault, floor, beam and uneven bars as well as the team competition, but uncharacteristically struggled at times during the qualifying rounds.

She went off the mat following a tumbling pass in the floor exercise and took a shaky step backward in her dismount from the balance beam. She also stepped out of bounds during the vault exercise.

"It wasn’t an easy day or my best but I got through it," Biles wrote on Instagram after the qualifying round. "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! The olympics is no joke! BUT I’m happy my family was able to be with me virtually, they mean the world to me!"

Biles entered the Olympics undefeated in all-around competitions at the Olympics, world and national levels since 2013.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

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27-07-2021 · Simone Biles pulled out of the team finals for Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics Tuesday after slipping during a vault attempt.. Is Simone Biles out of the Olympics? USA Olympics released a statement about Biles’ withdrawal from the team final, according to The Washington Post. “Simone has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue,” the organization said in a statement.

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Simone Biles pulled out of the team finals for Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics Tuesday after slipping during a vault attempt.

Is Simone Biles out of the Olympics?

USA Olympics released a statement about Biles’ withdrawal from the team final, according to The Washington Post.

  • “Simone has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue,” the organization said in a statement. “She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.”

Why did Simone Biles drop out of the Olympics?

Per The New York Times, Biles said she pulled out of the Olympics event because she wasn’t in the right mental space to perform. She said she was feeling too much pressure to perform.

  • “She had been struggling with the stress of being the greatest gymnast in history, she said, and outside expectations were just too hard to combat,” according to The New York Times.

Biles said she is unsure whether she would compete again at the Tokyo Games. The next possible event for her could be the all-around final on Thursday.

What happened to Simone Biles?

Per ESPN, Biles night ended after the one vault. Biles appeared to slip during the vault and almost landed on her knees as she attempted an Amanar vault, according to Fox News. She finished with a 13.66 score.

She sat down with her trainer and shook her head, saying she was fine before she left the arena.

Who will replace Simone Biles?

Jordan Chiles replaced Biles on the uneven bars competition. All went well for Team USA soon after as three hit their routines.

  • “With Biles out of the competition, the U.S. team showed nerves of steel on bars, with three hit routines,” according to ESPN.

ROC beat the United States for the women’s gymnastics team title at Tokyo Olympics. The USA took home the silver medal for the competition.

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The outlet Komo News however claims that Biles dropped out of the finals after sustaining an injury on the vault. Biles allegedly "huddled with a trainer after landing her vault. She then exited the competition floor with the team doctor," the outlet notes.

In a shocking turn of events,Simone Biles has pulled out of the Olympic finals. Dubbed one of the 'greatest gymnasts of all times', Biles' sudden departure from the US final did not have any particular reason, according to a New York Times report, at least officially. But other reports speculated about any injuries she might have sustained after she gave a watered down version of her highly anticipated performance on the vault.

News of Biles pulling out of the team competition at the Tokyo Olympics was shared by Carol Fabrizio, a USA Gymnastics spokeswoman. The news follows Biles leaving the competition floor on July 27, after performing the first apparatus of the night, which was the vault. Biles allegedly bailed out of the vault she had initially planned to do, which was a Yurchenko double pike with two and half twists, and completed the stunt with just one and a half twists, before stumbling her landing. 

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The US's biggest competitor Russia already has a lead on vault and following Biles' exit, are expected to stay ahead of the US by a long shot. The only way the US can reestablish its grounding with a comeback is through the beam and floor. As for why Biles quit, answers can be found in her most recent Instagram post. Just a day before her disappointing performance on the vault, Biles had opened up on social media about the pressures of braving the finals – something she noted had began with the preliminary rounds itself. 

"prelims ☑️ now to prepare for finals," the 24-year-old celebrated gymnast had written in the caption for a multi-photo post on Instagram, continuing: "it wasn’t an easy day or my best but I got through it. 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! The olympics is no joke! BUT I’m happy my family was able to be with me virtually [white heart emoji] they mean the world to me!"

The Internet has also deduced that Biles is more careful of the insane moves she attempts for gymnastics, with one user citing an NBC interview that aired hours before her decision to quit. "NBC aired an interview with Simone Biles just last night where she said, now that she’s older, she’s afraid of the crazy moves she does and she’s more aware of how dangerous they are. #Tokyo2020," the user wrote on Twitter. 

Others have applauded Biles for prioritizing metal health, as one user wrote: "Can we all give @Simone_Biles a massive round of applause for prioritizing her mental health and bowing out of the team final? It takes an extraordinary amount of bravery and self-assuredness to stare down the barrel of that much pressure and scrutiny and say 'no.'” Another went so far as to dub her a "Mental health hero."

NBC aired an interview with Simone Biles just last night where she said, now that she’s older, she’s afraid of the crazy moves she does and she’s more aware of how dangerous they are. #Tokyo2020

— Colin Steele (@colinsteele) July 27, 2021

Can we all give @Simone_Biles a massive round of applause for prioritizing her mental health and bowing out of the team final? It takes an extraordinary amount of bravery and self-assuredness to stare down the barrel of that much pressure and scrutiny and say “no.” ❤️👏❤️👏❤️

— Kate Hadley (@ohkatehadley) July 27, 2021

Simone Biles. Mental health hero.

— Clare Sanford (@sanforcl) July 27, 2021

The outlet Komo News however claims that Biles dropped out of the finals after sustaining an injury on the vault. Biles allegedly "huddled with a trainer after landing her vault. She then exited the competition floor with the team doctor," the outlet notes. Although Biles returned just several minutes later, she took off her bar gear and hugged teammates indicating she was pulling out.

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Simone Biles, who shocked the Olympic world Tuesday when she pulled out of the U.S. team gymnastics finals, said the emotional toll of the Tokyo Games, not a physical injury, prompted her withdrawal.

"Physically, I feel good. I'm in shape," she told Hoda Kotb on NBC's "TODAY" show following her exit. "Emotionally, it varies on the time and moment. Coming to the Olympics and being head star isn't an easy feat."

She explained further to NBC's Andrea Joyce that her struggle was "more mental, and we’re just dealing with a couple of things internally."

But "the girls did well. They stepped up when they needed to," she said.

After Biles' departure, the U.S. women's gymnastics team won silver.

"OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALISTS 🤍 I’m SO proud of these girls right here. You girls are incredibly brave & talented! I’ll forever be inspired by your determination to not give up and to fight through adversity! They stepped up when I couldn’t. thanks for being there for me and having my back! forever love y’all," Biles later wrote in an Instagram post.

The Russian Olympic Committee won gold and the British team won bronze. The U.S. was hoping to clinch its third straight championship with a strong team, with Biles leading.

"I'm OK," she told Kotb. "Just super frustrated. But super proud of these girls and now we're silver medalists — something we'll cherish forever. We hope America still loves us."

A statement from USA Gymnastics originally said the 24-year-old gymnast withdrew due to a medical issue.

"She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions," officials said in the statement.

Biles’ coach later told NBC that “physically she is fine. But she is done for the night."

Simone Biles of the United States dismounts from the vault during the artistic gymnastics women's final at the Olympics on July 27 in Tokyo.Gregory Bull / AP

Though shaky on some by her standards, Biles had qualified for all finals and was expected to go on to compete in individual all-around, floor exercise, beam, uneven bars and vault.

Kotb asked Biles if viewers can expect to see her in Thursday's individual all-around competition, where she is the defending champion.

"We're going to take it day by day, and we're just gonna see," she said.

The four-time Olympic gold medalist competed in Team USA's first rotation on vault Tuesday, bailing out of her Amanar and only completing a 1.5 twist on a 2.5-twisting Yurchenko, then taking a big stumble on the landing.

— USA Gymnastics (@USAGym) July 27, 2021

She then huddled with a trainer and exited the floor with the team doctor.

Biles scored a 13.766. An Amanar can score a maximum of 15.8. In qualifications, Biles scored a 15.183 on vault.

She then was expected to compete on the uneven bars, but Jordan Chiles was subbed in.

Biles returned to the floor with her team, in a sweatsuit, to cheer them on in remaining rotations from the sidelines.

She told Kotb that her teammates, Chiles, Sunisa Lee and Grace McCallum, "were freaking out" when she told them she was going to sit out the rest of the final.

"They were like crying," she said. "And I was like, 'You guys need to relax. You’re going to be fine without me. Go out there, you kick some butt just like you’ve done in training and just lay it out on the floor.'"

Kotb pointed out that she essentially stepped into a coaching role.

"I kind of like that a little bit more. I think I'm going to stay with that now," Biles joked.

On Monday, she shared on Instagram that she felt competing in the preliminaries "wasn’t an easy day or my best but I got through it."

"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! The olympics is no joke!" she wrote.

Biles won five medals in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and has a chance to win six at these games. She is not only the star of the women's gymnastics team, but also arguably the biggest name on Team USA.

Aly Raisman, a former Team USA gymnast who won three Olympic gold medals, said on "TODAY" that she felt "sick to her stomach" about Biles' exit.

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“I think that Simone is the biggest story going into the Olympics, so this is just, it’s really, really devastating,” she said. “But I think it’s also just really important to think about how much pressure has been on her, and there’s only so much that someone can take. You know, she’s human, and I think sometimes people forget that. And Simone, just like everyone else, is doing the best that she can.”

NBC Olympics prime time host Mike Tirico said Biles' departure was "certainly as odd a turn I think as anyone expected."

"It was a bizarre twist to say the least," he said. But Tirico also noted that for Biles, "internally, externally, there was a lot of pressure, a lot of expectations, and sometimes it’s hard to deliver when that’s the case."

"We can’t imagine what kind of pressure" she's under, he said.

Tirico lauded Biles' teammates, who "with no margin for error, were able to win the silver, which is a great effort on their part."

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27-07-2021 · USA Gymnastics released an official statement shortly after Biles' performance, citing a "medical issue." "Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a …

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Four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles has pulled out of the women's gymnastics team final, leaving fans across the world stunned.

The 24-year-old gave a noticeably shaky performance on the vault, but remained poised and composed as she walked off the floor to embrace her teammates on the sidelines. Moments later USA Gymnastics announced the gymnast's withdrawal.

Biles' exit leaves her quest for six possible gold medals now out of reach.

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USA's Simone Biles gestures during the artistic gymnastics women's team final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The four-time Olympic gold medalist later announced she has pulled out of the women's gymnastics team final. Loic VENANCE/AFP via Getty Images

What Happened During Simone Biles' Performance?

The Team USA gymnast was performing at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo on July 27, Day 4, of the Olympic Games when she appeared to make a mistake during a performance on the vault.

Biles had planned to execute a Yurchenko vault with two-and-a-half twists, but in an uncharacteristic misstep only performed one-and-a-half twists.

During her landing, Biles' knees buckled and propelled her forward, but she managed not to fall and maintained composure on the mat.

The performance landed Biles with a score of 13.766 and in last place on her first rotation of the vault—her lowest score in her Olympics career and in event that was traditionally one of her best.

The gymnast exited the competition floor with the team doctor before returning minutes later with her right leg wrapped.

She then hugged her teammates Grace McCallum, Sunisa Lee and Jordan Chiles. In footage taken following the performance, Biles appears to tell the trio: "I'm sorry. I love you guys."

After leaving the stadium, it was later confirmed that Biles had pulled out of the entire team finals.

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Simone Biles stumbled during her performance on Day 4, making a shaky landing after a Yurchenko one-and-a-half vault. Getty Images

Laurie Hernandez, American artistic gymnast and former teammate of Simone Biles on the 2016 U.S. women's gymnastics team, believes Biles became "lost in the air" during the performance.

"From what it looks like Simone is supposed to do an Amanar which is a Yurchenko two-and-a-half," Hernandez explained on the Peacock Olympic morning show. "She does a one-and-a-half."

"She's twisting to the right but it looked like she wanted to keep twisting but had opened up and gotten lost in the air," Hernandez continued. "The fact that she landed while getting lost in the air is incredible."

Why Did Simone Biles Pull Out Of The Olympics?

USA Gymnastics released an official statement shortly after Biles' performance, citing a "medical issue."

"Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue," the statement read. "She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions."

A Team USA coach also confirmed that Biles' exit from the gymnastics team event "is not injury related" but due to a "mental issue she is having" during an NBC broadcast.

Official statement: "Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue. She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions."

Thinking of you, Simone! pic.twitter.com/QA1GYHwWTv

— USA Gymnastics (@USAGym) July 27, 2021

At a press conference with all four members of the U.S. team later on Tuesday, Biles spoke about her decision to withdraw from the event and confirmed it was not due to any physical injury.

"No injury, thankfully," she said. "And that's why I took a step back, because I didn't want to do something silly out there and get injured. So I thought it was best if these girls took over and did the rest of the job, which they absolutely did."

"It's been really stressful, this Olympic games, I think just as a whole, not having an audience, there are a lot of different variables going into it. It's been a long week. It's been a long Olympic process. It's been a long year. So just a lot of different variables and I think we're just a little bit too stressed out. We should be out here having fun and sometimes that's not the case."

"I took a step back, because I didn't want to do something silly out there and get injured."

Biles also said that she was concerned she could have compromised her team's chances at a medal and recounted the discussion she had with the USA Gymnastics training staff after leaving the floor following her first vault.

"I was like, 'I think the girls need to do the rest of the competition without me,'" she said. "And they were like, 'I promise you, you're fine. We watched you warm up.' And I said, 'No, I know I'm going to be fine, but I can't risk a medal for the team, so I need to call it.' And you usually don't hear me say things like that because I'll usually persevere and push through things, but not to cost the team a medal. So they were like, 'OK, well, if Simone says this and we need to take it pretty serious.' And so, I had the correct people around me to do that."

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Simone Biles competes in the artistic gymnastics vault event of the women's qualification during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo on July 25, 2021. LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images

She continued: "Today has been really stressful. We had a workout this morning. It went OK. And then just that five-and-a-half-hour wait, I was just like, shaking. I could barely nap. I've just never felt like this going into a competition before. And I tried to go out here and have fun and warm up in the back when a little bit better. But then once I came out here, I was like, no, [the] mental is not there. So I just need to let the girls do it and focus on myself."

In an interview with TODAY, Biles confirmed that physically, "I feel good, I'm in shape" but "emotionally, that kind of varies on the time and moment."

"Coming here to the Olympics and being the head star isn't an easy feat, so we're just trying to take it one day at a time and we'll see," she added.

'Focus on Mental Health'

The star athlete also emphasized the importance of taking care of her mental health in an interview with BBC Sport.

"After the performance I did, I just didn't want to go on," she said. "I have to focus on my mental health. I just think mental health is more prevalent in sports right now.

"We have to protect our minds and our bodies and not just go out and do what the world wants us to do. I don't trust myself as much anymore. Maybe it's getting older. There were a couple of days when everybody tweets you and you feel the weight of the world.

"We have to protect our minds and our bodies and not just go out and do what the world wants us to do."

"We're not just athletes. We're people at the end of the day and sometimes you just have to step back. I didn't want to go out and do something stupid and get hurt. ​I feel like a lot of athletes speaking up has really helped.

"It's so big, it's the Olympic Games. At the end of the day we don't want to be carried out of there on a stretcher."

Earlier this week the gymnast hinted at the mounting pressure she felt to perform.

"It wasn't an easy day or my best but I got through it," she wrote in an Instagram post from Tokyo on Monday morning. "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! The Olympics is no joke! BUT I'm happy my family was able to be with me virtually, they mean the world to me!"

According to the New York Times, Biles said she pulled out because she wasn't in the right place mentally to perform and felt increasing pressure to be successful.

The gymnast told the publication she had been struggling with the stress of being regarded as the greatest gymnast in history, and the expectations that came along with the role. She said she began "fighting all of those demons," before Tuesday's event and simply couldn't hold them back.

"At the end of the day, I have to do what was right for me," she said. "It just sucks that it happened at the Olympic Games."

Is Simone Biles Still Competing?

It is unclear whether Biles will compete in the individual women's gymnastics event on Thursday where she is the defending champion.

However, she did tentatively tell BBC Sport that she would be back on Thursday to defend her individual all-around title.

Team USA's Jordan Chiles replaced Biles in Tuesday's competition and the team continued to compete without her, clinching a silver medal.

The women's gymnastics competition continues Thursday in Tokyo. The women's all-around final airs at 6:50 a.m. EDT Thursday.

Biles is the most successful U.S. gymnast of all time having won four gold medals and a bronze at Rio in 2016.

Aged just 19, Biles wowed the crowd with her signature floor move, now officially known as "The Biles," that had never been seen at the Olympics or the world championships.

Since then, she has added "The Biles II," a triple-twisting double-tucked backward somersault.

If Biles had continued to clinch more medals at these games in Tokyo, she would have more medals than any other female Olympic gymnast.

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Simone Biles of Team USA competes on balance beam on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on July 25 in Tokyo, Japan. Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images
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27-07-2021 · Simone Biles had to withdraw from the women's team gymnastic final on Tuesday as the Russia Olympic Committee (ROC) took gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

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Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Tokyo (CNN)Simone Biles withdrew from the women's team gymnastics final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Tuesday, citing mental heath concerns as she attempts to protect "her body and mind."

After the final -- won by the the Russia Olympic Committee (ROC) -- Biles broke down in tears as she explained her decision.

"Whenever you get in a high stress situation, you kind of freak out," the 24-year-old told reporters. "I have to focus on my mental health and not jeopardize my health and well-being."

"It just sucks when you're fighting with your own head," she added.

The gymnasts said those competing weren't "just athletes, we're people at the end of the day" and that Team USA is planning to have a "mental rest day" on Wednesday.

Biles' emotional interview put the issue of mental health front and center of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Earlier on Tuesday, Naomi Osaka, who has also talked openly about her own mental health struggles, was knocked out of the women's Olympic tennis tournament.

Initially the other Team USA members wanted her to continue competing, according to Biles.

"I was like: I think the girls need to do the rest of the competition without me. They were like 'I promise you'll be fine, we watched you warm-up'. But I said 'no, I know I am going to be fine but I can't risk a medal for the team and I need to call it.

"You usually don't hear me say things like that because I usually persevere and push through things, but not to cost the team a medal. So they were like: OK, if Simone says this, we need to take it pretty serious. I had the correct people around me to do that.

Following Biles' withdrawal, the (ROC) went on to win gold, while Team USA took silver and Great Britain bronze

"The impossible is possible" is how gymnast Angelina Melnikova described the ROC's victory, but it was Biles' psychological well-being that dominated the final's aftermath.

The ROC's team of Vladislava Urazova, Viktoriia Listunova and Melnikova won with a score of 169.528, while Team USA took silver with 166.096 and Great Britain bronze -- its first medal in the women's team gymnastics since 1928 -- with 164.096.

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Biles withdrew from the final after leaving the arena to be attended to by the trainer.

While performing her Amanar vault during the first rotation of the team competition, she only managed one-and-a-half rotations and landed awkwardly -- prompting gasps from onlookers in the Ariake Gymnastics Centre.

"It's been a long Olympic journey, it's been a long year ... after the performance that I did, I didn't want to go into the other events, so I thought I would step back," Biles later told reporters.

She added that, as she's gotten older, she's "a little bit more nervous when I do gymnastics," but is "proud" of her team for continuing without her and winning a medal.

Soon after Biles' withdrawal, USA Gymnastics released a statement saying: "Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue. She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions. Thinking of you, Simone!"

Biles returned to the arena before the second rotation in a tracksuit as Jordan Chiles took her place for the uneven bars.

She continued to support her teammates from the sidelines, chatting with them and cheering after each routine.

Chiles, a close friend of Biles, was appearing in her first Olympics and competed alongside Sunisa Lee and Grace McCallum.

Victory for ROC secures a famous double after the men won gold in Monday's team event, while also denying the USA -- whose silver ensured an eighth consecutive podium finish -- a third consecutive Olympic title.

USA had closed the gap on ROC to 0.8 ahead of the final rotation, but any chance of a comeback victory was effectively out of reach when Listunova scored 14.166 for her superb floor routine, growing the ROC's lead to more than three points.

Melnikova then scored 13.966 to seal the win and spark emotional celebrations with her teammates.

"I knew that it was depending on me, and I was feeling overwhelming happiness and I knew I did it. I knew I had done my job," Melnikova said of her final routine.

"We still can't believe it's happening. The impossible is possible now ... We worked extremely hard, we were basically in a closed training camp for a year and a half, working for this moment."

With the women's all-around final on Thursday, Biles said she would "take it a day at a time."

"Today has been really stressful," she added. "We had a workout this morning. It went okay, and then just that five-and-a-half hour wait or something, I was just shaking, could barely nap.

"I'd just never felt like this going into a competition before and I tried to go out there and have fun ... but once I came out here, I was like: no, the mental's not there, so I just need to let the girls do it and focus on myself."

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28-07-2021 · Simone Biles, the four-time Olympic gold medalist, will not compete in Thursday’s individual all-around competition after withdrawing from the …

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Simone Biles, the four-time Olympic gold medalist, will not compete in Thursday’s individual all-around competition after withdrawing from the team finals because of a mental health issue, according to an emailed statement from U.S.A. Gymnastics.

Biles will be evaluated daily to see if she will participate in the event finals next week.

“We wholeheartedly support Simone’s decision and applaud her bravery in prioritizing her well-being,” the statement said. “Her courage shows, yet again, while she is a role model for so many.”

Biles, 24, had qualified for all four event finals and was expected to win gold in at least three of those events. In the all-around, she was hoping to repeat her title from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games to become the first woman to win back-to-back titles in the all-around in 53 years.

Biles stepping back from the Olympic all-around marks the end of an era in the sport. She hasn’t lost an all-around competition since 2013 when she was 16 and still wore braces. The contest tests individual athletes on all four disciplines: vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor competition, to determine the most complete gymnast.

While she had come to the Tokyo Olympics feeling “pretty good,” the weight of expectations on her as Team U.S.A.’s biggest star at the Tokyo Games became tougher by the day, and in the hours before the team final she said she was shaking and couldn’t nap. In the end, the pressure was just too heavy for her to bear, she said after withdrawing from the team final on Tuesday.

Biles pulled herself from the team final after faltering on her vault.Credit...Photographs by Emily Rhyne; Composite image by Jon Huang

During her vault, the first event of the team final, Biles got lost in the air and didn’t know where her body was in relation to the ground. She ended up performing a much simpler vault than her usual daring ones. On the landing, she bounded forward, trying to stay on her feet.

Biles told her coach and a team doctor that she was not in the right “head space” to continue because she was afraid of injuring herself, and also because she didn’t want to jeopardize the team’s chances at winning a medal.

“I’m still struggling with some things,” Biles said after the event. “It just sucks when you are fighting with your own head.”

The U.S. team had dominated the sport for more than a decade before the Russians won the gold medal on Tuesday. The U.S. team, with Sunisa Lee, Jordan Chiles and Grace McCallum, finished the competition while Biles cheered them on. They won the silver medal.

Jade Carey, who had the ninth highest score in qualifications, will take Biles’s place in the all-around final. Lee, of St. Paul., Minn., will be the other gymnast in the all-around for the U.S. team. It is not clear whether Biles will compete in any of the individual apparatus finals.

In the days leading up to the Olympics, Biles had been struggling with a few skills and was trying to overcome a mental block that kept her from easily performing her routines. That mental block is not uncommon in gymnastics, Jess Graba, Lee’s coach, said, but it usually happens at practice, not at a competition.

“I think a lot of people don’t realize that it’s such a mental sport,” Graba said in a telephone interview on Wednesday, explaining that the mental blocks take a while to work through before a gymnast can begin trusting herself enough to perform her skills again.

Regarding Lee’s experience with those mental blocks, he added, “If you have a week or two to prepare, you could probably get her back to what she needed to do.”

In Biles’s case at these Games, however, she did not have two weeks to spare.