Simone Biles Pulls Out of Women's Team Final After Briefly Leaving Competition Floor
In a surprising reversal of her Olympic hopes in Tokyo, Simone Biles left the final of the women's gymnastics team in Japan early on Tuesday evening - after briefly leaving the competition area after a botched performance on the safe, her first competition.
The reigning all-around Olympic gold medalist and five-time medalist, Biles stepped off the floor with the team's medical trainer following her routine of getting off her scheduled Amanar jump for an easier 1.5 turn and scoring a 13,766.
This is the lowest jump score in her Olympic career.
She returned to the floor shortly afterwards before the US competed on the uneven bars and hugged their teammates; she was wearing her white Team USA warm-up clothing.
Reserve Jordan Chiles replaced them.
According to the official scoreboard, Biles is rested for the other three devices. NBC announced during the broadcast that it had withdrawn from the rest of the finale, but described it as a mental health issue.
"Simone withdrew from the team final due to a medical problem," USA Gymnastics said in a statement, according to NBC News. "It will be examined daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions."
Chiles, Suni Lee and Grace McCallum will continue the competition by chasing after the Russian athletes, their rivals.
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Biles talked about dealing with an ankle injury earlier this summer. On a May episode of her Facebook watch series Simone vs. Herself, she stated that she “narrowly landed on a triple-double” during training that month, which exacerbated the earlier damage.
"So in 2019 after the World Cup I landed completely wrong on the floor and partially tore a tape in my foot," she said on her show 48 hours after the U.S. Classic. "And then, maybe two or three weeks ago, I fell short on a triple-double and still kind of came in sideways and I think I irritated those ligaments again."
"Right now we're dealing with the fact that I just got a lot of fluid in it," Biles said. “At the moment there is nothing we can do. We don't have time to rest, we don't have time for recordings and all that stuff - so it's on tape. "
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After her jump event in the team final, Biles was in a detailed conversation with her trainer Cecile Canqueteau-Landi and the team trainer, alternately speaking to the staff and teammates with a petrified and insistent expression before and after she left the floor.
In Tokyo, her second Olympics, Biles was well on her way to battling for six gold medals after reaching the event finals in the jump, floor, poles and beams, qualifying for the all-around and team.
She is considered the most talented gymnast of all time.
The final of the women's gymnastics team tournament is underway.
To learn more about Team USA, visit TeamUSA.org. Watch the Tokyo Olympics now on NBC.
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