Legendary United States gymnast Simone Biles withdrew from the team competition at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan on Tuesday.
Biles, arguably the greatest Olympic gymnast of all-time, exited the competition following just one event. She reportedly huddled with a trainer after landing a vault and then left the floor.
USA Gymnastics then announced that Biles had withdrawn from competition.
“Simone has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue,” USA Gymnastics said in a statement.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.”
Team USA was forced to finish the rest of the competition without their top gymnast.
NBC has since revealed that Biles, 24, exited the competition due to a mental health issue.
“We’ve just been told that, with regards to Simone withdrawing, it is not injury-related. It is a mental issue that Simone is having,” NBC reported.
“Physically she is fine,” Simone Biles’ coach writes to NBC. “But she is done for tonight”
— Chris Jansing (@ChrisJansing) July 27, 2021
ESPN.com had more details on her departure:
The U.S. began finals on vault, with Biles going last. She was supposed to do an Amanar, a vault that begins with a roundoff back handspring onto the table followed by 2½ twists. She seemed to change her mind in midair, doing just 1½ twists instead.
She walked off the podium and was tended to by team doctor Marcia Faustin before making her way out of the arena.
Biles was the clear-cut favorite coming into the Olympics, but she did not perform well in qualifying.
It is unclear if she will be available for the all-around final on Thursday night or the individual competitions.