After two straight team wins at the Olympics, Team USA Women’s Gymnastics will be returning home with silver this year after star Simone Biles deemed not fit to compete.
One of (if not the) greatest gymnasts of all time, Simone Biles has already proven herself repeatedly on the biggest stage of the sport. This Olympics has been one to forget for Biles.
Earlier in the team competitions, Biles seemingly injured herself on a vault attempt. She left the arena, undergoing treatment and returning with her leg wrapped. This in itself would tell the tale of why she was left out of the final squad that would go onto grab second, but comments from around the grounds seem to paint a different picture.
US Gymnastics was first to put out a statement, indicating the issue was of physical nature: “Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue. She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.”
However, NBC broadcasters covering the event reported that one of the team’s coaches told them that the Biles’ withdrawal was “not injury related” and that “it’s a mental issue Simone is having.”
A day earlier, Biles spoke about being a powerhouse in her sport and being one of the nation’s most famous Olympians, saying,” I truly do feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders at times. I know I brush it off and make it seem like pressure doesn’t affect me but damn sometimes it’s hard. The Olympics is no joke!”
Gymnastics fans will recall that in the buildup to this Olympics Biles was flying high until having an uncharacteristic fall and had been a bit shaky in these games thus far.
The United States couldn’t go onto beat the Russian Olympic Federation, taking silver for the first time since 2008.
At the moment, Biles’ Olympics aren’t over, she has qualified for the finals in every event of the all-around competition, and still looks to be the favorite to take home at least one Gold medal this year. This would add to her four previous Golds, one Bronze, and a brand new Silver medal.
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