Biles withdraws from Olympic women’s all-around competition

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Simone Biles during the Women's Floor Final at Rio Olympic Arena. /VCG Photo

Simone Biles of the United States has withdrawn from the women’s all-around gymnastics competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Wednesday.

“After further medical evaluation, Simone Biles has withdrawn from the final individual all-around competition,” USA Gymnastics said in a statement.

“We wholeheartedly support Simone’s decision and applaud her bravery in prioritizing her well-being,” USA Gymnastics added. “Her courage shows, yet again, why she is a role model for so many.”

Biles’ withdrawal comes just one day after she pulled out of the team event at the Ariake Gymnastics Center, where the ROC beat the U.S. to take gold.

USA gymnastics said Tuesday that Biles withdrew from the team final competition due to “a medical issue.”

In the first rotation, Biles performed an unplanned one-and-a-half twisting Yurchenko instead of a planned two-and-a-half twisting Yurchenko in the vault, finishing with only 13.766 points. She sat out rest of the apparatus events in the team final.

“In the back gym, coming in today, it was like fighting all those demons. I have to put my pride aside, I have to do it for the team. At the end of the day, I have to do what’s right for me and focus on my mental health, and not jeopardize my health and well-being,” she said after competition.

“That’s why I decided to kind of take a step back and let them do their work, and they did it. They’re Olympic silver medalists, so it’s something they should be very proud of, because they did it without me. I was there in spirit, and they did amazing,” she said.

Jade Carey will take Biles’ place in the all-around individual event.

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