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Entertainment Simone Biles drops out of 2 more gymnastics finals at Tokyo Olympics

06:56  31 july  2021
06:56  31 july  2021 Source:   msn.com

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U.S. superstar gymnast Simone Biles has withdrawn from two more events at the Tokyo Olympics, leaving her future participation in the rest of the Games in doubt.

Simone Biles jumping up in the air: FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2018, file photo, Simone Biles competes on the uneven bars at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Boston. Biles is upset about an anti-Nike tweet last month from USA Gymnastics interim president and CEO Mary Bono. Bono was appointed Friday, Oct. 12, to hold the position while USA Gymnastics searches for a permanent successor to Kerry Perry, who resigned under pressure from the United States Olympic Committee in September after spending nine months on the job. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) © Provided by Global News FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2018, file photo, Simone Biles competes on the uneven bars at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Boston. Biles is upset about an anti-Nike tweet last month from USA Gymnastics interim president and CEO Mary Bono. Bono was appointed Friday, Oct. 12, to hold the position while USA Gymnastics searches for a permanent successor to Kerry Perry, who resigned under pressure from the United States Olympic Committee in September after spending nine months on the job. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

USA Gymnastics posted a statement Friday saying Biles was dropping out of the women's event finals for the vault and uneven bars, which were set to take place Sunday, "after further consultation with medical staff."

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Biles had previously withdrawn from the women's all-around final and the remainder of the women's team final after stumbling in competition on Tuesday, which the athlete attributed to her mental health.

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The governing body said Biles would continue to be evaluated daily to determine if she will compete in the finals for the floor exercise on Monday and the balance beam on Tuesday.

"We remain in awe of Simone, who continue to handle this situation with courage and grace, and all of the athletes who have stepped up during these unexpected circumstances," USA Gymnastics said.


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Biles, a four-time Olympic gold medallist at the 2016 Games in Rio, had been favoured to win at least some, if not all, of the events she ultimately withdrew from in Tokyo.

But the 24-year-old said she didn't want to jeopardize her safety as she struggles with her mental health.

Read more: Simone Biles’ Olympics puts focus on mental health: ‘I have to do what’s right for me’

She attributed her stumble in Tuesday's team final to the "twisties": the sudden inability for a gymnast to make the requisite spins — or sometimes any spins — for a particular maneuver.

“I have to do what’s right for me and focus on my mental health, and not jeopardize my health and well-being,” a tearful Biles said after the Americans won the silver medal in team competition. She said she recognized she was not in the right headspace hours before the competition began.

"It was like fighting all these demons."

--With files from the Associated Press

Biles returns to Olympic competition, wins bronze on beam .
TOKYO (AP) — Simone Biles isn't going home with a fistful of gold medals. A mental block — one brought on by exhaustion or stress or something the American gymnastics star still can't quite grasp — that forced her to pull out of four Olympic finals saw to that. Yet standing on the podium Tuesday, a bronze medal hanging around her neck and tears in her eyes, the 24-year-old Biles may have claimed something far more valuable: a piece of herself back. From the “twisties” that have haunted her for a week. From the endless speculation about her state of mind.

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