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Sport Chasing Gold: All eyes on Biles after gymnast drops out of all-around, plus historic wins on Day 5

01:47  29 july  2021
01:47  29 july  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

Simone Biles' Olympics timeline: Medals, records and more to know about U.S. star gymnast

  Simone Biles' Olympics timeline: Medals, records and more to know about U.S. star gymnast Simone Biles has taken home a lot of hardware during her impressive gymnastics career.However, it wasn't always easy for her. During the 2013 season, she was unsure of how far she could get in the sport.

Welcome, or welcome back! Day 5 of the Olympic Games has officially wrapped but most of the talk from Tokyo is still about what happened more than 24 hours ago – Simone Biles’ withdrawal from the women's gymnastics team finals after a shaky first vault.

Simone Biles in a blue uniform holding a football ball: Simone Biles will not defend her 2016 Olympic gymnastics all-around gold after withdrawing from the event in Tokyo. © Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports Simone Biles will not defend her 2016 Olympic gymnastics all-around gold after withdrawing from the event in Tokyo.

The U.S. women team still won a silver medal, but Biles’ decision to pull herself from competition for the sake of her mental – and physical – health has been the hot topic of conversation ever since.

Fellow gymnasts Sam Mikulak and Aly Raisman and the Games’ most decorated Olympian, Michael Phelps, were among those to publicly voice their support for Biles’ decision. Katie Ledecky said that she understands how Biles feels. USA TODAY’s Mike Freeman applauded Biles’ choice to put herself before a gold medal. And Biles is not alone. Other Olympic athletes have shared how they stepped away from their sport due to mental health struggles.

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

  Watch Simone Biles tell USA Gymnastics teammates she was withdrawing from Olympics team final Microphones picked up what Biles said as she was telling teammates she was making her exit from the team competition.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.

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What the future holds for Biles is unknown. She pulled herself from the individual all-around competition, with American Jade Carey taking her place. The biggest focus of the gymnastics competition now is if she will participate in any of the event finals next week or if that one bad vault was the final event in Biles’ incrediible Olympic career.

3x3 basketball makes history: The U.S. women’s 3-on-3 basketball team won gold in the event’s inaugural Games, defeating Russia 18-15 on Wednesday evening. Allisha Gray, Kelsey Plum, Stefanie Dolson and Jackie Young, who quickly ended her vacation in mid-July after being named a last-minute replacement, had a nearly perfect run to their golden moment. The U.S. team posted a 7-1 record, only losing to Japan in pool play. But the Americans were unstoppable on Wednesday, defeating both France (18-16) and Russia to secure a historic first medal for Team USA.

Aaron Rodgers empathizes with Simone Biles, says he worked on 'mental state' in offseason

  Aaron Rodgers empathizes with Simone Biles, says he worked on 'mental state' in offseason Aaron Rodgers, back in camp with the Green Bay Packers after an offseason of discontent, empathized with Olympian Simone Biles deciding to focus on her mental health during his first media availability of training camp on Wednesday. "I think it's important that we work on our mental state and as you've seen with Simone Biles, I think there needs to be more conversation around that," Rodgers said.Rodgers was asked what it was like to miss organized team practice activities (OTAs) for the first time in his career and said it was "great." He then spoke of Biles and the need to de-clutter his mind over the offseason.

Members of team United States, from left to right, Kelsey Plum, Jackie Young, Stefanie Dolson and Allisha Gray pose with their gold medals during the awards ceremony for women's 3-on-3 basketball at the Tokyo Summer Olympics. © Jeff Roberson, AP Members of team United States, from left to right, Kelsey Plum, Jackie Young, Stefanie Dolson and Allisha Gray pose with their gold medals during the awards ceremony for women's 3-on-3 basketball at the Tokyo Summer Olympics.

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Men’s basketball bounces back: The U.S. men’s basketball team’s debut at this year’s Games didn’t quite go as planned, with the Americans losing to France, 83-76 in their opener. But on Wednesday, the squad pulled out a much-needed win over Iran, 120-66. The road to a gold medal still won’t be easy, but at least it's proof that all hope is not lost for Team USA.

Ledecky swims the distance: The women’s 1,500-meter freestyle event made its Olympic debut, and, of course, it was now six-time gold medalist Katie Ledecky who touched the wall first – and with room to spare. Just an hour earlier, she’d finished fifth in the 200-meter freestyle, but she made up for it in her next event and shared the podium with teammate and silver medalist Erica Sullivan. Despite the historic win, Ledecky wanted to focus on more important things after the race.

Republican Texas deputy attorney general deletes Simone Biles tweet, apologizes after boss comes to her defense

  Republican Texas deputy attorney general deletes Simone Biles tweet, apologizes after boss comes to her defense Texas Deputy Attorney General Aaron Reitz (R) deleted a tweet calling gymnast Simone Biles a "national embarrassment" and issued an apology to the Olympian after the state's attorney general came to her defense and criticized "a very inappropriate" tweet made by one of the office's employees.In a tweet on Wednesday afternoon, Reitz said he owed Biles, who grew up in Texas, "an apology." "A big one," he added, while also attaching a statement saying his personal social media comments "do not represent Attorney General Paxton or the Office of the Attorney General.

Katie Ledecky et al. posing for the camera: Katie Ledecky, right, and Erica Sullivan celebrate after competing in the women's 1,500-meter freestyle final on Day 5 of the Tokyo Olympics. © Al Bello, Getty Images Katie Ledecky, right, and Erica Sullivan celebrate after competing in the women's 1,500-meter freestyle final on Day 5 of the Tokyo Olympics.

The force is strong with fencers: If you’ve ever wondered what goes on in the mind of an Olympic fencer and guessed that they were pretending to yield a lightsaber, then you would be correct. Well, maybe not all fencers think this way, but for Team USA, movies like "Star Wars" and "The Princess Bride" deepen their connection to the sport.

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Aaron Rodgers 'Very Proud' of Simone Biles .
The Packers QB credited Biles for speaking her truth in her mental health journey. When U.S. gymnast Simone Biles withdrew from the Tokyo Games citing her mental health, it set off a global conversation about mental health in sports and the pressure athletes endure to perform even when they're not at their best.After opening up about her personal journey on the world's biggest stage, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers credited Biles on Friday for having the courage to share her truth and the mental battles she's faced.

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