Olympic champion Simone Biles from the crew last with an apparent damage
Simone Biles smiles after the closing ceremony of joining the Olympic team on the final day of the women’s competition at the US Olympic Team Trials for Gymnastics in St. Louis, Missouri, United States, June 27, 2021.
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The reigning Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles is out of the team final after apparently injuring herself while jumping.
The 24-year-old US star, considered the greatest gymnast of all time, crouched with a trainer after landing her jump. Then she left the competition floor with the team doctor.
Galle returned a few minutes later with his right leg wrapped around him. She took off her handlebar grips, hugged teammates Grace McCallum, Sunisa Lee, and Jordan Chiles before pulling on her jacket and sweatpants.
The Americans will be forced to finish the rest of the competition without them, severely hampering their bid for the third consecutive Olympic title.
The US started the finals in the vault, with Biles leaving last. She should do an “amanar,” a jump that begins with a round jump of the hand on the table, followed by 2 1/2 turns. She seemed to change her mind in mid-air and only made a 1 1/2 turn instead.
She left the podium and was taken care of by team doctor Marcia Faustin before leaving the arena.
Biles came to Tokyo as the undisputed star of the Games but struggled during qualifying, at least by their high standards. In a social media post on Monday, she admitted that she felt the weight of the world was on her shoulders and that the Olympics were “no joke”.
Biles won five medals in Rio de Janeiro five years ago and had a chance to beat them after reaching all five finals. It remains to be seen whether she will be available for the all-around final on Thursday evening and the event finals later in the games.
After two rotations, the USA is 2.5 points behind ROC.
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