Simone Biles is an American artistic gymnast who has won 25 Olympic and World Championship medals, making her one of the most decorated gymnasts of all time. During the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Biles withdrew from the women’s team gymnastics final on July 27th, citing mental health concerns as she attempts to protect “her body and mind”.
Biles’ withdrawal came after a shaky performance on the vault, where she appeared to make a mistake during a performance on the vault. She had planned to execute a Yurchenko vault with two-and-a-half twists, but in an uncharacteristic misstep only performed one-and-a-half twists. During her landing, Biles’ knees buckled and propelled her forward, but she managed not to fall and maintained composure on the mat. The performance landed Biles with a score of 13.766 and in last place on her first rotation of the vault—her lowest score in her Olympics career and in event that was traditionally one of her best.
After the performance, Biles exited the competition floor with the team doctor before returning minutes later with her right leg wrapped. She then hugged her teammates Grace McCallum, Sunisa Lee and Jordan Chiles. In footage taken following the performance, Biles appears to tell the trio: “I’m sorry. I love you guys.” After leaving the stadium, it was later confirmed that Biles had pulled out of the entire team finals.
Biles’ decision to withdraw from competition has sparked a conversation about mental health in sports and has been widely praised by many athletes and fans alike. In an interview with NBC News, Biles said that she was “dealing with some things internally which will get fixed out within the next couple of days”. She also added that she was “just dealing with things internally which will get fixed out within the next couple of days”.
In conclusion, Simone Biles withdrew from the women’s team gymnastics final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics due to mental health concerns. Her decision has sparked a conversation about mental health in sports and has been widely praised by many athletes and fans alike. While it is unclear whether Biles will compete in any other events at this year’s Olympics, it is clear that she remains one of the greatest gymnasts of all time.