Russian gymnasts disrupt the US Olympic team in Tokyo on Tuesday after US superstar Simone Biles withdrew from the competition.
Biles, the reigning all-around Olympic gold medalist and one of the faces of the US contingent in Japan, left the team final after a disappointing jump performance with what USA Gymnastics called “a medical problem.” Biles “will be reviewed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions,” the U.S. Gymnastics Board said.
Biles later told NBC’s “TODAY” that she is “in shape” and feeling “good” physically. She said she felt an increased pressure as one of the most famous athletes at the games.
“Emotionally, that kind of time and moment varies,” she said. “You know, coming here to the Olympics and being the main star of the Olympics is not an easy feat, so we’re just trying to take it day by day, and we’ll see.”
The Russian Olympic Committee won the team gold medal with a score of 169.528. The US claimed silver with a total of 166,096, while Great Britain took the bronze with 164,096.
The Americans did not win team gold for the first time since 2008.
Biles left the competition after the jump foul and went off the floor with a team doctor. She came back to the arena, hugged her teammates and watched the rest of the game in her warm-up uniform.
The 2016 all-around gold medalist said she would look to defend her individual title on Thursday.
Biles, 24, is considered one of the greatest gymnasts in the history of the sport. She won four gold medals at the 2016 Olympics and dominated world championships with 19 gold medals to her name.
Biles has opened up about mental health issues in the past. In a Facebook video series earlier this month, she said she was dealing with depression after admitting she was a victim of sexual abuse by Larry Nassar, a former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor.
He was accused of molesting dozens of girls and women, including Biles and other Olympic gymnasts. Nassar was sentenced in 2018 to a maximum of 175 years in prison.
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