Biles Skipping All-Around Competition

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USA's Simone Biles looks on after scratching from the artistic gymnastics women's team final on Tuesday
USA's Simone Biles looks on after scratching from the artistic gymnastics women's team final on Tuesday

It seemed unthinkable that Simone Biles might leave the Tokyo Olympics without a gold medal, but that could very well end up being the case. After Biles withdrew from Tuesday’s teams finals, it’s unknown if she will compete again at this year’s Summer Games.

Billes has withdrawn from Thursday's individual all-around competition to focus on her mental health. The 24-year-old will be evaluated daily before it’s determined if she’s going to compete in the individual event finals next week.

 

 

“After further medical evaluation, Simone Biles has withdrawn from the final individual all-around competition,” USA Gymnastics said in a statement Wednesday. “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.”

Biles will be replaced by Jade Carey in the all-around all-competition for Team USA. 

Individual women’s gymnastics events are scheduled each day on Aug. 1-3. Those competitions include the vault and floor exercise, both of which saw Biles take gold at the 2016 Rio Games.

 

 

Biles won four golds and a bronze medal at the Olympics five years ago. 

Team USA took the silver medal in Tuesday’s event after Biles pulled out of the competition.

“We also have to focus on ourselves, because at the end of the day we're human, too,” Biles said, via The Associated Press. “We have to protect our mind and our body, rather than just go out there and do what the world wants us to do.”


USA's Simone Biles looks on after scratching from the artistic gymnastics women's team final on Tuesday

Photo: AFP / Martin BUREAU

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