Gymnastics superstar Simone Biles has pulled out of the uneven bars finals and jumped at the Tokyo Olympics, Team USA said Saturday.
However, Biles will remain eligible to compete in Monday’s Floor Exercise Finals and Tuesday’s Balance Beam Finals.
“She will be evaluated daily to determine if she will compete in the floor exercise and balance beam finals,” the team said in a statement.
American gymnast MyKayla Skinner, who had the fourth highest score in vault during qualifying, will replace Biles in the final.
It’s the latest twist in an Olympics that was supposed to be a showcase for Biles and has pushed the four-time gold medalist headlong into the conversation about mental health and athletics.
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Biles, who came to the Games as the big favorite, has cited her mental health as the reason for the withdrawal from the competitions.
“To anyone saying I’ve quit, I haven’t quit, my mind and body are just out of sync, as you can see here,” Biles wrote in an Instagram post Friday. “I don’t think you realize how dangerous this is on a hard/competitive surface. I don’t need to explain why I put health first. Physical health is mental health.”
Biles added that she still suffered from “the bends” and “literally can’t see from top to bottom”.
Biles withdrew from individual all-around competition after shocking the Olympic world on Tuesday by suddenly withdrawing during the team gymnastics final.
Since then, Biles has gained widespread support from other athletes, including US Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps, who has been open about his battle with depression.
“We continue to be impressed by Simone, who continues to handle this situation with courage and grace, and all the athletes who have risen during these unexpected circumstances,” Team USA said in the statement released to ET Friday night.
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