Four-time gold medallist gymnastics legend Simone Biles has concerned fans by withdrawing from the Tokyo Olympics team final competition.
The USA started on the vault at the women’s team gymnastics final, but Biles faltered with her first attempt and the hesitation cost her. She only completed 1.5 rotations instead of 2.5, tragically botching the landing and earning the lowest score of all six American and Russian competitors.
People were obviously shocked by what happened – Simone Biles is the best in the game, and it’s simply not like her to hesitate like that.
I will fight anyone who talks shit about Simone Biles.— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) July 27, 2021
US sports columnist Nancy Armour said: “OMG. Simone bailed out of the Amanar, does a 1.5. Nearly lands it on her knees. And looks as if she’s about to cry as she comes off the podium, Cecile immediately goes and puts arm around her.”
American TV presenter Hoda Kotb described the audience as “just stunned.”
Immediately after, Bile walked off the floor with a team trainer, leading fans to worry that she had been injured, and by the time the US moved onto the beam, she was out of the competition.
“Simone has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue. She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions,” USA Gymnastics confirmed in a statement on Twitter.
While the US was obviously banking on Biles to bring the team victory, fans are way more concerned for her wellbeing than they are about winning.
if i see ANYONE giving Simone Biles hate for pulling out for her mental health pic.twitter.com/2tQWFTYvO8— ???? (@casxcfc) July 27, 2021
I just want Simone Biles to be ok pic.twitter.com/1FfizpwQ6X— innominate (@splatereffect) July 27, 2021
protect simone biles at all costs— Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady) July 27, 2021
Simone Biles has carried this entire damn federation on her back since the first year of Obama’s second term. USAG doesn’t deserve her and I am proud of her for doing what she needed to do to take care of herself.— elena ilana alana alina elana (@lenibriscoe) July 27, 2021
A Team USA coach said that Simone Biles' exit from the gymnastics team event "is not injury related." Coach said it is a "mental issue she is having," per NBC broadcast.— Al Butler (@ALaboutSports) July 27, 2021
Doesn’t matter whether it’s a physical or mental injury. Love seeing Simone standing beside, and cheering on, her teammates. Class act. Get well soon, you’re a delight on the apparatus and off
— Ange (@AngeNMorris) July 27, 2021
The medical issue that led to Simone Biles’ exit from the games has not been specified, though there have been reports that she withdrew for her mental health.
Either way, hopefully she’s okay and not being too hard on herself. She’ll always be a legend, regardless of her performance at this year’s Olympics.