US gymnastics star Simone Biles Withdraws From Team Finals Competition

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

28th Jul, 2021. 11:51 am
Simone Biles withdraws from team finals competition

Gymnastics champion Simone Biles announces to withdraw from the team after performing poorly on the vault in the final of the team competition.

Simone Biles has said, “mental health concerns” were behind her shock dropping out from the women’s gymnastics team final at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

The 24-year-old athlete, widely considered to be the best gymnast of all time had been expected to feature in all six events at the Games that included a defence of her all-around crown.

“I do not trust myself anymore,” said Biles, fighting back tears while speaking to the world’s media. “I have to focus on my mental health,” she said.

“There is more to life than just gymnastics.” “It is very unfortunate that it has to happen at this stage because I definitely wanted these Olympics to go a little bit better.”

“We have to protect our mind and our body rather than just go out there and do what the world wants us to do.”

Furthermore, gymnastics’ ruling body the FIG later confirmed on Twitter: “After one routine Simone Biles will sit out the rest of the women’s team final”.

‘Dealing with the demons’

Simone Biles has spoken openly about her struggle with depression after revealing she was among the hundreds of gymnasts sexually abused by former US team doctor Larry Nassar, who is now serving a life prison sentence.

“I feel like that’s all been going really well but then whenever you get in a high-stress situation you kind of freak out. You don’t really know how to handle all of those emotions, especially being at the Olympic Games,” she said.

The gymnastic added, “Once I step up onto the mat it’s just me and my head, dealing with the demons in my head.”

How many gold medals does Simone Biles have?

She has four Olympic golds from the team, all-around, vault and floor in 2016. When counting U.S. and international competitions, though, Biles has a lot more hardware.

The 22-year-old has 19 gold medals from five World Championship appearances, winning the all-around and floor exercise every year she’s participated since 2013. She’s also won golds in team, vault and beam competitions at the event.

Biles currently has four golds and one bronze from her performance at the Rio Games.

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