Simone Biles Has Now Withdrawn from the Final Individual All-Around Gymnastics Competition

Yesterday, gymnast Simone Biles winced when she landed a vault at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It was unclear if she was injured or if she was simply disappointed in how the vault went. Since then, she has clarified.

Biles walked away with her trainer and returned to inform her teammates that she would not be competing in the gymnastics team finals. Her team went on to compete without her and place silver in the team finals.

Was Biles physically injured? The answer is no. She decided not to compete due to her mental health. On Monday, the day before she walked away from competing in the team finals, she posted on Instagram explaining that the pressure of the Olympics was really getting to her.

After the United States team won silver, Biles spoke about why she ended up withdrawing from the team event. She said, “No injury, thankfully, and that’s why I took a step back because I didn’t want to do something silly out there and get injured, so I thought it was best that these girls took over and did the rest of the job, which they absolutely did. They’re Olympic silver medalists now, and they should be really proud of themselves.”  She added, “It’s been really stressful, this Olympic games.”

Not only did Biles not compete in the team competition, but now she has also decided not to compete in the all-around competition. A statement from USA Gymnastics explains, “After further medical evaluation, Simone Biles has withdrawn from the final individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympics Games, in order to focus on her mental health. Simone will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether or not to participate in next week’s individual event finals. Jade Carey, who had the ninth highest score in qualifications, will participate in her place in the all-around.” 

Do you think Biles will compete next week?