After struggling with landing a vault, 24 year old champion Gold medalist Gymnast, Simon Biles has pulled out of the Olympic team final on Tuesday, in the middle of the competition after the shaky vault landing. The distraught Simone Biles said; “After the performance that I did, I didn’t want to go into any of the other events second guessing myself, so I thought it was better if I took a step back and let these girls go out there and do the job and they did just that,”
Biles said she has been trying to cope with the stress of competing at the Tokyo Olympics.
“I was still struggling with some things,” Biles said of competing Tuesday night.
“Therapy has helped a lot as well as medicine. That’s all been going really well. Whenever you get in high-stress situations, you kind of freak out and don’t know really know how to handle all of those emotions especially at the Olympic Games.”
In a statement, the U.S. governing body of gymnastics said; “She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.”
Official statement: “Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue. She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.”
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— USA Gymnastics (@USAGym) July 27, 2021
The U.S. finished the team gymnastics event in second to win the silver medal with a score of 166.096. The Russian Olympic Committee team took gold with a score of 169.528, while Great Britain won bronze.
Simone Biles pulled out of Tuesday’s competition shortly after the U.S. women completed their first rotation on vault. According to the AP, the gymnast bailed on the vault she had planned to perform, an Amanar, and hopped on the landing.