Simone Biles has withdrawn from the women’s artistic gymnastics Olympic team final on July 27. Team USA, rotating alongside the ROC, began on vault with two solid efforts from Grace McCallum and Jordan Chiles, after which Biles bailed out of her planned Amanar.
More specifically, she only did one and a half twists out of her Yurchenko instead of the two and a half twists the vault requires. She landed in a deep squat, stumbled, then presented to the judges. Her effort received a 13.766. The ROC led after the first rotation by just over a point.
Biles left the arena with a trainer, returned with a wrapped ankle, and was scratched from the bar lineup. Then, NBC announcers confirmed she would be forgoing the rest of the team competition. Biles, though, stayed on the sidelines with McCallum, Chiles, and Sunisa Lee, cheering them on.
Announcers first reported after the bars rotation that Biles reportedly pulled out due to mental struggles she is having as opposed to an injury, though they later said it was medical related. USA Gymnastics confirmed this in a statement on Twitter that read: “Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue. She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.”
It’s unclear at this time where she stands for the remaining all-around and event finals in Tokyo.
Simone Biles Is “Beaching Until Further Notice” in a Blue Bikini, and We’d Like to Copy This Energy
Simone Biles is taking some much-deserved vacation time, and she’s brought along her famous swimsuit collection for a beach getaway. On Friday, the pro gymnast shared photos from her trip on Instagram, including a selfie posing in a bright blue two-piece with an underwire top and side-tie bottoms. “Beaching until further notice,” she captioned the snap. We’d like to channel that energy!
Even though we’re closing out summer, there’s still time to soak up the last few weeks of sun. We’re taking notes from Simone’s closet for our next afternoon by the water. Get a closer look at her bikini in the photos ahead, and shop similar styles for yourself.
Simone Biles Bids Farewell to the Olympics – Will “Forever Cherish” Her Time in Tokyo
During her time at the Games, she showed us joy under unusual circumstances when her fellow teammates held their own smaller opening ceremony parade. She demonstrated leadership in cheering on her teammates after she took a much needed step back – protecting her mind and body. Biles then returned for her beam routine where she won a bronze medal. Celebrities, loved ones, teammates, and the internet cheered Biles along the way. Biles definitely felt those cheers all the way in Tokyo as she captioned her farewell post “. . . thanks everyone for the endless love and support. I’m truly grateful.”
With all of the resilience Biles has shown during her time at the Games, one thing is for sure: she is and will always be the GOAT in gymnastics. We’re excited to see what the future holds for Biles and her career.