Simone Biles pulls out midway through the Olympic women's gymnastics team final, putting Team USA gold in jeopardy
Simone Biles with her trainer. Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sport
Simone Biles withdrew from the women's gymnastics team final in Tokyo on Tuesday.
The Team USA superstar briefly left the gym after abandoning her vault routine at her inaugural event.
Biles had a nagging ankle injury, but her trainer stated that her departure was related to mental health.
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Simone Biles has withdrawn from the all-around final of the women's gymnastics team at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The NBC broadcast of the event announced that the most accomplished gymnast in the history of her sport would not be part of Team USA's bid for a third consecutive gold medal in group competition.
Galle lands her vault routine. AP Photo / Gregory Bull
Biles looked away during their opening event at the team finals on Tuesday. She abandoned her jumping routine and almost fell on her knees when she landed, which achieved one of her worst ratings to date in what is arguably her most powerful device.
After the lackluster jump, the 24-year-old chatted with her trainer and left the gym with a US trainer.
She came back to the arena shortly thereafter, and although it initially looked like she was just missing the uneven bars event, broadcasters announced shortly after that Biles had withdrawn from the team competition.
Galle returns to the gym at the Tokyo Olympics. REUTERS / Dylan Martinez
Biles came into the games with a permanent injury. It is possible that she worsened her ankle problem prior to the jump.
However, according to broadcasters covering the event, Biles' coach suggested that her shocking departure was due to psychological concerns. Perhaps the star, who qualified for every medal event in the women's gymnastics competition at the Tokyo Olympics, is taking time to mentally prepare for her upcoming individual competitions.
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