Gold medalist Simon Biles has reportedly withdrawn from the women’s gymnastic team finals for the Tokyo Olympics. It was announced early Tuesday morning, July 27, that the champion will no longer participate in the group competition.
"I just don't trust myself as much as I used to," Biles said. "After the performance that I did, I didn’t want to go into the other events, so I thought I would take a step back.”
After nearly landing her vault on her knees, Biles was seen leaving with her trainer moments before the uneven bar routine. Although she tried to return with her grips to compete, she ultimately decided to leave. While putting on her warmup suit, it was announced Biles was done for the day. The U.S. Gymnastics released a statement saying Simone has withdrawn from the team’s final competition due to a medical issue and that she would be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.
"Once I came out here, I was like, no the mental is not there," says the gymnast. "I had to let the girls do it.”
With her out of Tuesday’s competition, Team USA ended the first rotation in a silver winning, with a 42.732 score behind the Russian Olympic Committee winning gold with 43.799. Biles is hoping to make a return for the all-around competition taking place Thursday, after she first completes a mental health rest.
"Even though it's so big, it's the Olympic Games. But at the end of the day it's like we want to walk out of here, not be dragged out here on a stretcher," Biles said.