The greatest gymnast of all time, Simone Biles has pulled out of the team competition at the Tokyo Games according to officials.
Biles struggled in her vault early Tuesday morning (evening in Tokyo), nearly landing on her knees according to reports. Biles apparently left the floor and was looked at by trainers. But not long after it was announced that she would not be competing the rest of the night.
The Associated Press is reporting of an apparent injury. According to NBC, Biles injury wasn’t physical, but a “mental issue she is having.”
“[Biles] will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions,” USA Gymnastics officials said in the statement.
After a rough start to her Olympics, Biles took to Instagram to detail the pressure she feels at these Games posting:
“it wasn’t an easy day or my best but I got through it. I truly do feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders at times. I know I brush it off and make it seem like pressure doesn’t affect me but damn sometimes it’s hard hahaha! The olympics is no joke! BUT I’m happy my family was able to be with me virtually🤍 they mean the world to me!”
Jordan Chiles will step in for Biles as the alternate.
It’s unclear whether or not Biles will be able to compete in the all-around or individual apparatus events.
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