United States gymnast Simone Biles made headlines this week when she withdrew from the team finals. She announced that she was dealing with a mental health issue and wasn’t in the right headspace to compete.
On Wednesday morning, USA Gymnastics announced that Biles will not compete in the individual all-around for the same reason.
“After further medical evaluation, Simone Biles has withdrawn from the final individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games, in order to focus on her mental health,” USA Gymnastics said in a statement. “We wholeheartedly support Simone’s decision and applaud her bravery in prioritizing her well-being. Her courage shows, yet again, why she is a role model for so many.”
Even though Biles is taking a break from the competition, she’s still in Tokyo supporting her teammates for every event. In fact, she sent a sweet message to her teammate, Jordan Chiles, on Tuesday night.
Biles posted a photo with Chiles on Instagram with the following caption: “That’s my best friend, she’s a real bad b.”
Chiles came to Biles’ defense on Wednesday while appearing on NBC’s Today.
“I was there for her, I supported her,” Chiles told NBC. “I did try to tell her, ‘Look, you know how to do everything and this is you. This is your moment. It’s all up to you.'”
There’s no doubt that Biles will be in Chiles’ corner cheering her on for the rest of the Tokyo Olympics.