Simone Biles and US gymnastics team, Megan Rapinoe and US soccer team miss opening ceremony opening

Simone Biles and US gymnastics team skip opening ceremony over COVID-19 fears as soccer star Megan Rapinoe misses flag bearer fiance Sue Bird leading Team USA due to practice session

  • Team USA was absent from Friday’s opening ceremony at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium, which included Simon Biles and the US gymnastics team
  • Biles explained the US gymnastics team’s reasoning for missing the opening ceremony on social media by citing COVID-19 and tomorrow’s qualifier
  • She also said there are too many people at the event, which has gone on for hours uren
  • Megan Rapinoe was in a different situation, given that her fiancé, American basketball player Sue Bird, was one of the flag bearers of the Americans on Friday.
  • Rapinoe, a member of the US soccer team, missed Friday’s practice event

Team USA was conspicuously absent from Friday’s opening ceremony at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium, including Simon Biles and the US Gymnastics team, who were concerned about the COVID-19 infection, as well as Megan Rapinoe and her US soccer teammates, who were on their way. were off to exercise.

Biles explained the US gymnastics team’s reasoning for missing the opening ceremony on social media.

“Why couldn’t the American gymnasts attend the opening ceremony?” Biles wondered in an Instagram post.

“1) COVID,” she wrote alongside an emoji.

Her first reason may surprise some, as Biles is an outspoken supporter of vaccinations and the team has reportedly all gotten the shot. However, alternative Kara Eaker recently tested positive for COVID-19 after saying she had been vaccinated, which may have given her teammates good reason to be cautious.

Team USA had several notable absences from Friday’s opening ceremony at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium, including Simon Biles (left) and the US Gymnastics team, which were concerned about COVID-19 infection

Megan Rapinoe and the US soccer team were also absent from Friday's ceremony in Tokyo

Megan Rapinoe and the US soccer team were also absent from Friday’s ceremony in Tokyo

Biles explained the US gymnastics team's reasoning for missing the opening ceremony on social media.

Biles explained the US gymnastics team’s reasoning for missing the opening ceremony on social media. “Why couldn’t the American gymnasts attend the opening ceremony?” Biles wondered in an Instagram post. “1) COVID,” she wrote next to an emoji

But Biles didn’t stop there.

“2) The amount of standing is crazy,” she explained. ‘US is usually also at the end, because alphabetically.

“3) We start the next day, so it wouldn’t be smart,” she continued, referring to Saturday’s women’s qualifier.

Finally, Biles suggested that the American gymnasts never attend the opening ceremony, but she wasn’t sure.

“We’ve never been to the opening, I don’t think,” she wrote, adding, “Gym fans help me out if that information isn’t right.”

Sue Bird and Eddy Alvarez, of the United States of America, carry their country's flag during the opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium at the 2020 Summer Olympics on Friday.  Bird's Fiance Megan Rapinoe Missed The Event Because The US Soccer Team Had A Practice Session

Sue Bird and Eddy Alvarez, of the United States of America, carry their country’s flag during the opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium at the 2020 Summer Olympics on Friday. Bird’s Fiance Megan Rapinoe Missed The Event Because The US Soccer Team Had A Practice Session

Team USA deputy Kara Eaker (pictured) recently tested positive for COVID-19 after saying she had been vaccinated, which may have given her teammates good reason to be cautious

Team USA deputy Kara Eaker (pictured) recently tested positive for COVID-19 after saying she had been vaccinated, which may have given her teammates good reason to be cautious

Rapinoe was in a different situation, given that her fiancé, American basketball player Sue Bird, was one of the flag bearers for the Americans on Friday.

“Of course we can’t be there. I don’t know who scheduled us to practice at this point,” Rapinoe said in a remote interview with NBC as she was driven to practice aboard the team bus. “But everyone from Team USA will hold it for us.”

While praising Bird, Rapinoe also poked fun at her own controversial reputation after kneeling in protest at racism during the national anthem in previous years.

“I feel like I get to share in that, even though I don’t earn enough to be the flag bearer,” Rapinoe joked.

The US women’s soccer team ended its 44-game winning streak with a 3-0 defeat to rival Sweden in the Olympic opener earlier this week, but the team could get back on track against New Zealand on Saturday.

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