UPDATED, 8:16 PM: The elite gymnast Simone Biles has canceled another Olympic event: the individual floor exercise planned for Monday. It remains to be seen whether she will compete in the balance beam event on Tuesday.
USA Gymnastics confirmed the development on Saturday evening via their official Twitter account. “Simone has withdrawn from the event finale and will make a decision on the bar later this week, ”wrote a spokesman. “Either way, we’re all behind you, Simone.”
The floor exercise is just the latest in a series of events Biles closed this week. She announced on Friday (Saturday in Tokyo) that she would not participate in the uneven bars or in the vault this weekend. On Thursday, she declared that she did not want to take part in the individual all-around finals. Biles’ first announcement that she would be retiring from the women’s team competition came on Tuesday.
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While Biles is being replaced in the vault by MyKayla Skinner – and in the case of the uneven bars by Suni Lee – no other American gymnasts have qualified for the floor exercise or the balance beam. This means the US is falling out of the ordinary and may have to pull away from the balance beam as well. Bile’ The British Jennifer Gadirova took place in the final of the floor exercise.
When the six-time Olympic medalist was asked at a press conference on Tuesday about her decision to withdraw from the women’s team competition, she cited her desire to “focus on” [her] Well-being. “
Her decision to prioritize her mental health over her athletic activities has received support from former first lady Michelle Obama, now Hoda Kotb, Kerry Washington, Justin Bieber, and Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, among many other high profile figures.
“The outpouring [of] The love and support I’ve received made me realize that I am more than my achievements and gymnastics, which I never really believed in before, ”wrote Biles in response on Twitter.
BEFORE, JULY 30th: The greatest gymnast in the world, Simone Biles, said goodbye to scheduled Olympic events for the third time this week. On Tuesday she has has moved away from the women’s team competition. Thursday, Biles said she would not take part in the individual all-around final.
On Friday – Saturday in Tokyo – USA Gymnastics issued a statement stating that Biles would not be participating in the uneven bars or the vault that weekend either. She will continue to be evaluated to determine her availability for her last two events, the floor exercise on Monday and the balance beam on Tuesday.
Bile is replaced in the vault with MyKayla Skinner. Suni Lee, who has already qualified, will represent the USA on the uneven bars this weekend. But no additional American gymnasts qualified for the floor exercise or the balance beam. That said, if Biles doesn’t compete, the US is out of these events.
The USA Gymnastics statement reads as follows:
Simone Biles decided today, after further consultation with medical staff, to withdraw from the event finals for jumping and uneven bars. She will continue to be judged daily to decide if she should compete in the finals for floor exercise and balance beam. MyKayla Skinner, who had the fourth highest number of points in vaulting during qualification, will compete in the vaulting final for the USA alongside Jade Carey, who achieved the second highest number of points. We remain in awe of Simone, who continues to master this situation with courage and grace, and all the athletes who have put themselves under these unexpected circumstances. Biles, the five-time world champion and reigning Olympic champion in the all-around competition. The result ends decades of dominance by the American team, which won gold in 2012 and 2016.
When asked about her withdrawal this week, Biles said she did it “to focus on my well-being and, you know, there is more to life than gym,” she said. “It’s very unfortunate that it had to happen at this point because I definitely wanted these Olympics to go a little better, but we’ll take it one day at a time and we’ll see how the rest goes.”