Tokyo Olympics: Simone Biles WITHDRAWALS from individual all-round competition

Simone Biles has withdrawn from individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympics “to focus on her mental health,” USA Gymnastics has announced.

The 24-year-old withdrew after a rotation of the women’s team final on Tuesday in Tokyo, citing mental health concerns.

USA Gymnastics said Biles has yet to decide whether to withdraw from her four individual finals, which take place next week.

In a statement, USA Gymnastics said: “Following further medical evaluation, Simone Biles has withdrawn from the final individual all-around competition.

“We wholeheartedly support Simone’s decision and applaud her courage to prioritize her well-being. Her courage shows once again why she is a role model for so many.’

Yesterday, Biles spoke out to praise the “courage” of her Olympic teammates, thanking them for “acting when she couldn’t.”

The 24-year-old cited her mental health issues as the reason for her shockout, saying she made the decision to prioritize her own “well-being” while insisting that “life is more than just gymnastics.”

“It’s a real shame it has to happen at this stage because I definitely wanted these Olympics to go a little bit better, but again, we’ll take it day by day and see how the rest goes. Biles told reporters.

The gymnast also insisted that her decision to withdraw from competition after just one event — when she was due to compete in all four — was taken in part to help her team, saying she “didn’t want to risk” the team medal’ with her ‘screw up’.

“I thought it was best for these girls to take over, which they absolutely did,” she continued, saying the shock made them “stronger” as a team. “They are now Olympic silver medalists and they should be really proud of themselves now for how well they did at the last minute.”

Meanwhile, three-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman, who captained both The Fierce Five and The Final Five, is criticizing USA Gymnastics and the US Olympic Committee for what she sees as lack of leadership and support for their athletes.

“USA Gymnastics has been an absolute disaster for years and unfortunately not enough has changed for us to believe in a more secure future, but I think this just shows the lack of leadership [of] USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic Committee,” Raisman . told cnn.

She argues that Biles’ sudden departure from the final could be an indication of a bigger problem within the aforementioned organizations.

The 24-year-old - who was expected to lead the US to gold in the team event - was pulled from the lineup after making her jump in the opening minutes of the team final competition in Tokyo on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old - who was expected to lead the US to gold in the team event - was pulled from the lineup after making her jump in the opening minutes of the team final competition in Tokyo on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old – who was expected to lead the US to gold in the team event – was pulled from the lineup after making her jump in the opening minutes of the team final competition in Tokyo on Tuesday.

Gymnastics superstar Simone Biles was kicked out of the team final due to a 'mental problem' after a shock foul on jump - forcing her to watch from the sidelines as her teammates suffered a painful defeat against their Russian rivals

Gymnastics superstar Simone Biles was kicked out of the team final due to a ‘mental problem’ after a shock foul on jump – forcing her to watch from the sidelines as her teammates suffered a painful defeat against their Russian rivals

“Their best athlete is having a hard time… is there anyone who can help her?” said Raisman. ‘I do not know. I’m not there, so I don’t know. But I think it’s an important question to ask.’

Citing her own experiences, the Olympian acknowledged that it’s “an enormous pressure” to be a star athlete in the global spotlight.

‘I’m absolutely devastated and I support [Biles] so much,” she added.

Biles also received support from Athleta, the women’s sportswear company owned by Gap and which is also one of Biles’ sponsors.

She thanked Grace McCallum, Sunisa Lee and Jordan Chiles for

She thanked Grace McCallum, Sunisa Lee and Jordan Chiles for “having her back” and said she was “inspired by their determination.”

The gymnast also posted a simple white heart on Twitter

The gymnast also posted a simple white heart on Twitter

“We stand behind Simone and support her well-being both in and out of competition,” Athleta Chief Brand Officer Kyle Andrew said in a statement obtained by Fox Business. “Being the best also means knowing how to take care of yourself. We are inspired by her leadership today and are behind her every step of the way.”

Former First Lady Michelle Obama Reiterated the Outpouring of Support for Biles in a… tweet Tuesday night.

‘Am I good enough? Yes that’s me. The mantra I practice daily,” Obama wrote. ‘@Simone_Biles, we’re proud of you and we’re rooting for you. Congratulations on the silver medal, Team @USA!’

Despite winning a silver medal alongside her teammates, who were on the verge of tears when Biles pulled out, the sporting superstar insisted second place “had nothing to do with her” and gave full credit to Lee, Chiles and McCallum.

She thanked Grace McCallum, Sunisa Lee and Jordan Chiles for

She thanked Grace McCallum, Sunisa Lee and Jordan Chiles for “having her back” and said she was “inspired by their determination.”

“This medal is all them and the coaches and has nothing to do with me,” she said.

The gymnast also posted a simple white heart on Twitter

The gymnast also posted a simple white heart on Twitter

Biles – who was expected to lead the US to gold – was withdrawn from the lineup after making her jump in the opening minutes of the team’s final competition in Tokyo on Tuesday, and it now remains unclear if she will be fit to take part. to take part in the individual all-around this Thursday, with officials declaring she will have to undergo “daily assessments” to determine her league status.

The gymnast admitted to “handling some things internally,” but seemingly promised to return to competition in time for the all-around final, having gone to the Olympics as the favorite to win the gold.

“I’m fine,” Biles said. “Just handle some things internally that will be resolved in the coming days.”

When asked by the BBC if she plans to compete in the all-round final in two days’ time, she replied simply: ‘Yes.’

Speaking to the Today show, however, Biles confessed that her determination to compete in the event — where she would defend her championship title — isn’t enough to cement her place in the lineup, saying, “We’re going it’s day by day, and we’re just going to see.’

She continued: “Physically I feel good, I am in shape. Emotionally, that kind of time and moment varies. It’s not easy to get to the Olympics and be the main star, so we’re just trying to take it day by day and we’ll see.”

Opening up about her determination to prioritize her mental health, Biles praised the other athletes — such as tennis player Naomi Osaka who retired from the French Open earlier this year, citing her own mental health issues — who have spoken out about their own struggles and struggles. insisted that it is becoming a more important issue than ever, suggesting that sports stars struggling with these types of issues are more likely to injure themselves during competition.

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