USA Gymnastics confirmed to Tokyo 2020 that six-time Olympic medallist Simone Biles will have withdrawn from the games. To clarify, she will not participate in Thursday’s (29 July) women’s all-around final.
“After further medical evaluation, Simone Biles has withdrawn from the final individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games, in order to focus on her mental health. Simone will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether or not to participate in next week’s individual event finals. Jade Carey, who had the ninth highest score in qualifications, will participate in her place in the all-around.”
“We wholeheartedly support Simone’s decision and applaud her bravery in prioritizing her well-being. Her courage shows, yet again, why she is a role model for so many.”Statement from the Governing Body
Biles scratched from Tuesday’s women’s team final after missing an attempt at a two-and-a-half twisting vault. However, she performed just one-and-a-half twists, landed in a deep squat and scored just 13.733.
Biles said her main concern is withdrawing from the team event was costing her teammates a medal. “I was like, ‘I think the girls need to do the rest of the competition without me’. And they were like, ‘I promise you, you’re fine. We watched you warm up.’ And I said, ‘no, I know I’m going to be fine, but I can’t risk a medal for the team, so I need to call it'” Biles explained in a post-event press conference. “And you usually don’t hear me say things like that because I’ll usually persevere and push through things, but not to cost the team a medal.”