Simone Biles Withdraws From Individual All-Around Event at Tokyo Olympics

By: Teddy Grant

Gymnast Simone Biles withdrew from the individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday to focus on her mental health, according to USA Gymnastics.   

USA Gymnastics said it completely supported Biles’ decision to withdraw from the competition, CNN reported.   

“After further medical evaluation, Simone Biles has withdrawn from the final individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games, in order to focus on her mental health,” USA Gymnastics said on Twitter.   

They added, “Simone will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether or not to participate in next week’s individual event finals. We wholeheartedly support Simone’s decision and applaud her bravery in prioritizing her well-being. Her courage shows, yet again, why she is a role model for so many.”  

On Tuesday, Biles, 24, dropped out of the team competition to protect “her body and mind”, saying she’s going to take her stay at the Olympics “one day at a time.”  

The gold medalist has received an outpouring of support since she withdrew from the team competition, including former first lady Michelle Obama, who said that she was supporting Biles and that she was proud of her.   

“Am I good enough? Yes, I am. The mantra I practice daily. @Simone_Biles, we are proud of you and we are rooting for you. Congratulations on the silver medal, Team @USA,” Obama wrote.   

Biles, considered the greatest gymnast of all time, may not be entirely out of the Olympics. She still has a chance to compete in individual events next week.   

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