Simone Biles during the artistic gymnastics women’s team final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Ariake Gymnastics Center in Tokyo on July 27, 2021.
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Simone biles He will not defend his gold medal in all respects, USA Gymnastics confirmed Wednesday morning.
The 24-year-old athlete will miss individual competition at the Tokyo Olympics to focus on her mental health, her team said.
“Simone will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether or not she will participate in next week’s individual event finals,” USA Gymnastics said in a statement Wednesday.
“We wholeheartedly support Simone’s decision and applaud her courage in prioritizing her well-being. Her courage shows, once again, why she is a role model for so many.”
Biles shocked the Olympic world on Tuesday when he retired from the USA team gymnastics finals., said the emotional cost of the Tokyo Games, not a physical injury, prompted her to withdraw.
Jade Carey, who had the ninth highest score in ratings, will participate in the all-around instead.
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