Simone Biles reveals withdrawal from Olympics team competition wasn’t due to physical injury
USA Gymnastics star Simone Biles revealed that her decision to withdraw from the team competition at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics wasn’t due to a physical injury.
Biles talked to TODAY’s Hoda Kotb after the event and explained her reasoning for pulling out of the team event at the Olympics:
“Physically, I feel good, I’m in shape,” she told Hoda Kotb exclusively on TODAY after her withdrawal. “Emotionally, that kind of varies on the time and moment. Coming to the Olympics and being head star isn’t an easy feat, so we’re just trying to take it one day at a time and we’ll see.”
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Biles decided to withdraw after a shaky effort on the vault. After her landing, she walked off the floor with her trainer and decided to remove herself from the competition. She returned to cheer on her teammates, who wound up winning the silver medal at these Tokyo Olympics.
It had initially been reported on the NBC broadcast that Biles exited the competition due to a “mental issue.” USA Gymnastics then put out a statement saying it was a “medical issue.”
It’s unclear if Simone Biles will return later in the Olympics for individual events. She recently admitted she’s under a lot of pressure because of her status as the immense favorite, and it seems a lot of this has been overwhelming.
Let’s give Simone Biles our full support and hope she’ll be back competing in no time. After all, she’s the GOAT.