Sport Watch Simone Biles tell USA Gymnastics teammates she was withdrawing from Olympics team final

05:20  28 july  2021
05:20  28 july  2021 Source:   sportingnews.com

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American gymnastics icon Simone Biles has pulled out of the final of the artistic all-round team event in Tokyo, with conflicting reports on the health of the 24-year-old star. Four-time Olympic gold medalist Biles left the floor at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre after her opening vault before returning with her tracksuit on. Initial reports indicated that the withdrawal was injury-related, although reports online citing broadcaster NBC later suggested the issue was related to Biles ' mental health. However, in an official statement, USA Gymnastics said: " Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team final

American gymnast Simone Biles has spoken on her shock withdrawal from the artistic all-round team event at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, when the US went on to finish second behind Russia. Four-time Olympic champion Biles pulled out after her opening vault at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre, returning with her tracksuit on and playing no further part as the An official USA Gymnastics statement described the problem vaguely as a “medical issue.” Simone Biles back in warmup gear, cheering on her teammates after she told them she pulled out of the team competition final .

It came as a shock to many when Simone Biles withdrew from the women's gymnastics team final at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

People criticized the decision; some said she abandoned her teammates and let them down. But video of Biles walking off during the competition shows not only the encouragement she gave them, but also the mutual support they gave her as they continued to fight for a medal in Tokyo.

"You guys go out there, do what you were trained to do," Biles was recorded saying. "I'm sorry. I love you guys, but you're going to be just fine. I love you. You guys have trained who whole entire lives for this. It's fine."

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Simone Biles had to withdraw from the women's team gymnastic final on Tuesday as the Russia Olympic Committee (ROC) took gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics . Four-time Olympic gold medalist Biles withdrew from the final after leaving the arena to be attended to by the trainer. While performing her Amanar vault during the first rotation of the team competition, she only managed one-and-a-half rotations and landed awkwardly -- prompting gasps from onlookers in the Ariake Gymnastics Centre.

The US Olympic chief has praised gymnast Simone Biles for prioritising her mental health at Tokyo 2020. It was among many messages of support that poured in after the four-time gold medallist withdrew from Tuesday's women's gymnastics team final . "And she went back in, she was their chief cheerleader, and she was getting the chalk for them. That shows how much of a leader she is , to be able to make that decision. "At the end of the day we have got to make sure that the health and wellbeing of every athlete is the main priority."

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Video: Simone Biles: I’m not going to lose a medal for this country and for these girls (Yahoo! Sports)

Biles had one foot wrapped when she withdrew from the team final. USA Gymnastics said the withdrawal was due to a medical issue. It wasn't until later that Biles said it was a result of the Tokyo games being particularly stressful, adding "the mental is not there."

"It's been really stressful this Olympic Games," she said. "It's been a long week, it's been a long Olympic process, it's been a long year. So just a lot of different variables and I think we're just a little bit too stressed out, but we should be out here having fun and sometimes that's not the case."

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USA 's Simone Biles cheers during the artistic gymnastics women's team final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo on July 27, 2021. Biles later told NBC's "TODAY" she is "in shape" and feels "good" physically. She said she felt increased pressure as one of the most well-known athletes at the games. "Emotionally, that kind of varies on the time and the moment," she said. "You know, coming here to the Olympics and being the head star of the Olympics is not an easy feat, so we ' re just trying to take it one day at a time, and we'll see."

United States gymnast Simone Biles has pulled out of the women's team final at Tokyo 2020, according to the International Gymnastics Federation. Biles , 24, left the arena after scoring 13.766 on the vault in the first rotation - her lowest score on that apparatus in her Olympics career. Biles is the most successful US gymnast of all time and winner of four gold medals and a bronze at Rio 2016. More to follow.

Biles had hinted previously at the pressure she felt during the Olympics. She posted about it on Instagram after the prelims.

"It wasn't an easy day or my best but I got through it. I truly do feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders at times," Biles wrote in the post. "I know I brush it off and make it seem like pressure doesn't affect me but damn sometimes it's hard hahaha! The olympics is no joke!"

Praise for Biles flowed in from across the world as well after her withdrawal from the team final.

She has not confirmed that she will return to the Olympics, but she said she is hopeful of taking part in the all-around competition Thursday, The Athletic reported. Biles has already qualified for the finals of the vault, uneven bars, floor exercises and balance beam, which are scheduled for Aug. 1-3.

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