On Tuesday, the United States learned that Simone Biles wouldn’t participate in the team finals for gymnastics due to a “medical issue.”
“Simone has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue,” USA Gymnastics said in a statement. “She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.”
Biles met with her trainer and team doctor after landing her vault. She then put on a jacket and sweatpants immediately after that meeting, indicating that her day was over.
Since the team was without Biles for the finals, Sunisa Lee, Grace McCallum and Jordan Chiles had to carry the rotation on Tuesday. Despite being shorthanded for that competition, they managed to earn silver at the Tokyo Olympics.
It’s unclear what the future has in store for Biles, but she’s receiving a ton of support right now on social media.
“Although I’m just a VERY dumb Sports Stooge, I felt obligated to remind you. You’re the greatest of all time.. ain’t nothing that happens in Tokyo can change that. Your effort, commitment, and UNBELIEVABLE talent have been a gift to us fans,” Pat McAfee tweeted.
Although I’m just a VERY dumb Sports Stooge, I felt obligated to remind you.
You’re the greatest of all time.. ain’t nothing that happens in Tokyo can change that. Your effort, commitment, and UNBELIEVABLE talent have been a gift to us fans.
Cheers 🐐 pic.twitter.com/APsVSswGdn
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) July 27, 2021
Gymnastics fans are reminding the world that today’s outcome doesn’t change Biles’ career. At the end of the day, she’s still in the conversation for greatest of all time.
“If Simone Biles says withdrawing from the team final was best for HER, than we have no choice but to support,” one fan said. “She still the GOAT.”
— Joshua Chenault (@joshuachenault1) July 27, 2021
While some people are using this time to list Biles’ accomplishments, others are simply wishing her well in her recovery.
“We’re all still rooting for Simone Biles,” Omar Jimenez of CNN wrote.
We’re all still rooting for Simone Biles 👏🏾
— Omar Jimenez (@OmarJimenez) July 27, 2021
We love you @Simone_Biles !!! 🇺🇸
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) July 27, 2021
It’s heartwarming to see all these positive messages directed toward Biles.
Hopefully, Biles will bounce back from this medical issue and return to her star form.