Without Biles, the U.S. still won the silver medal. The four-time Olympic gold medalist admitted after dropping out that she didn’t feel she was in the right frame of mind to compete.
“I didn’t want to go into any of the other events second-guessing myself,” Biles said, per the Associated Press. “So, I thought it would be better if I took a step back and let these girls go out there and do their job.”
Biles, who delivered a pep talk to her teammates after deciding to withdraw, posted a new message on Twitter a short time ago. It was short and sweet, consisting only of a white heart emoji.
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) July 27, 2021
It was brutal to see the team competition end like this for Biles, who is the most accomplished gymnast in the sport.
However, she felt she would not be able to perform well enough to help the team, so her decision was a well-founded one and not off the cuff. It had to be tough for her to step away, but she did what she felt was best for herself and her teammates.
Biles is expected to return for the individual all-around competition later this week.
“I’m just dealing with a few things,” she told reporters, via Olympics.com. “We have a couple more days. We’re going to figure it out.”