In shocking news today, defending champion Simone Biles will not be competing at the women’s individual all around finals at the Tokyo Olympics this year. She has pulled out of the competition just 1 day before the finals were scheduled to take place.
Simone had a shaky start to her Tokyo Olympics in the qualification round, as she made a few uncharacteristic errors in her routines, yet managed to finish in first place. In the team all around finals, where USA qualified second behind ROC, Simone was not her usual self. She took a big step on one of her strongest events, the vault, managing to only score of 13.766. She left the competition floor soon after, and the Jordan Chiles was already getting ready to replace her in the Second rotation.
Biles came out soon after and announced that she would not be competing any more with the team in the finals. Later she spoke candidly about why she pulled out, citing that her mental health was not good. She said she did not want to do anything silly, and that sometimes she felt like she was carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders. There were several speculations as to whether Biles would compete in the individual all around finals, as she would have to be given proper medical clearance in order to do so.
Simone Biles Pulls Out of Individual All Around Finals; Will be replaced by her teammate Jade Carey
Biles pulled out of the individual all around finals at the Tokyo Olympics, saying that she needs to focus on her mental health.
“After further medical evaluation, Simone Biles has withdrawn from the final individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games, in order to focus on her mental health,” said a statement released by USA Gymnastics. She was shown great support by the federation and her teammates.
Simone Biles will be replaced by Jade Carey her teammate, who was selected to be on the US team as an event specialist. Biles is yet to decide whether she will take part in the individual apparatus finals that will take place later this week.