The chances that we see Simone Biles compete again in these Tokyo Olympics are dwindling. A day ahead of the gymnastics floor exercise final, Biles has withdrawn from the event.
Biles traveled to Tokyo as the favorite to win five gold medals. On Tuesday, she withdrew from the team competition after a frightening moment on a difficult vault attempt. She managed to land on her feet after losing awareness of where she was in the air, an issue in the gymnastics world known as the “twisties,” which has been compared to the yips in other sports.
She could have been seriously injured, and instead of pushing forward, pulled out of the team event. She cited mental health concerns after that scary moment. Her teammates stepped up and won the silver medal after her decision.
Biles opted out of the all-around event, in which fellow U.S. gymnast Sunisa Lee captured gold. She has since withdrawn from Sunday’s vault and uneven bars events as well. Now, she’s out for the floor exercises.
News: Simone Biles has withdrawn from the floor final, per USA Gymnastics. No decision yet on the beam final, which is her final opportunity to compete in Tokyo.
— Emily Giambalvo (@EmilyGiam) August 1, 2021
The final event that Simone Biles could compete in is Tuesday’s balance beam final. She has not made a decision on that event as of yet.
Biles was the bronze medalist for the balance beam in the 2016 Rio Olympics, the only non-gold medal she won that year. She won gold in that event at the 2o14, 2o15, and 2019 world championships.
Olympic fans would obviously love to see Biles compete one last time on the Olympics stage, but she should make whatever decision is best for her during what has clearly been a difficult week.