Simone Biles Withdraws From Gymnastics Team Final At Olympics Due To Medical Issue
Simone Biles, who’s often considered the world’s greatest gymnast, is out of the team finals at this year’s Tokyo Olympics.
U.S. gymnast Simone Biles pulled out of the event earlier today (July 27th). The 24-year-old gymnast’s departure was first announced via the International Federation of Gymnastics’ (FIG’s) Twitter account. The FIG wrote:
“Confirmed: After one routine, Simone Biles will sit out the rest of the Women’s Team final in #ArtisticGymnastics at #Tokyo2020 #Olympics.
The news was later confirmed by the actual Twitter page associated with the Tokyo Olympics. Additionally, it was revealed that Simone Biles injured her foot before making her decision to withdraw. The Tokyo 2020 page tweeted:
“Biles has returned to arena with her foot strapped heavily. Jordan Chiles will perform next on the uneven bars in Biles’s place.”
The page continued:
“It has been confirmed that #SimoneBiles has withdrawn from tonight’s women’s #ArtisticGymnastics finals.”
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Regarding her decision, Team USA issued a statement, reading:
“Simone has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue. She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.”
Team USA did not specify the medical issue, and it is presently unclear whether or not Simone Biles will perform in other events at the Tokyo Olympics.
The news comes a day after Simone Biles issued an Instagram post in which she commented on the pressure she was feeling. The gymnast wrote:
“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 d*mn sometimes it’s hard hahaha! The olympics is no joke! BUT I’m happy my family was able to be with me virtually. [T]hey mean the world to me!”
Simone Biles has not yet commented her decision to withdraw.
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