Simone Biles withdraws from the person all-around remaining
Simone Biles withdrew from the women’s singles all-around tournament final at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday, again referring to her mental health.
Biles, America’s best-decorated gymnast, dropped out of the team final Tuesday due to mental health problems after fighting on the vault early on.
Biles qualified first for the individual all-around and was a favorite for multiple gold medals in the Olympics.
But on Wednesday USA Gymnastics announced that Biles had also withdrawn from the individual all-around competition “to focus on her mental health”.
“We wholeheartedly support Simone’s decision and praise her courage to prioritize her well-being,” said a statement from USA Gymnastics. “Her courage shows once again why she is a role model for so many.”
News of Biles’ retirement follows the dramatic turn of events during Tuesday’s team final, where the 24-year-old was eliminated from the competition after her first rotation.
Biles was supposed to do all four rotations for Team USA during the finals, but seemed shaken by the time she went to the vault, which is usually one of her best events. She seemed to jump off at the last second, made 1.5 turns instead of 2.5, and landed with a large correction. The vault scored 13,766 points, a big drop from their average score of 16,050 for the same event during the previous Olympics and the lowest score in the rotation.
Biles then left the competition area and returned to the sidelines for the remainder of the competition to support their teammates who later won the silver medal.
She later told reporters that she hadn’t felt right in preparation and resigned because she “didn’t want to risk a medal for the team because they worked way too hard for it.”
“I was just shaking, barely able to take a nap,” added Biles. “I just never felt like I was going to compete.”
The day before the team final, Biles told her followers on Instagram that she felt the “weight of the world” on her shoulders.
Biles “continues to be judged daily,” USA Gymnastics said to see if she can compete in individual events next week.