Simone Biles is out of the 2020 Olympic Games women’s team gymnastics final in Tokyo after leaving the event on Tuesday.
The US megastar won four golds – including in the team event – and a bronze at Rio 2016. She collected a silver medal in the team final despite pulling out due to her teammates pulling through with some massive performances.
BBC commentator Matt Baker broke the news during the BBC Two coverage of the event, but couldn’t offer further details at the time. Since then, more details have emerged about Biles’ exit.
What happened to Simone Biles?
Biles was competing on the vault when the issue occurred. She appeared to be aiming for two and a half twists but could only manage one and a half during her attempt.
She lurched forward during her landing and left the vault area looking shaken, without a smile on her face.
Former gymnast star Beth Tweddle, working in the studio for BBC, said Biles looked a little ‘lost’ in the air and didn’t look herself.
Biles left the arena for treatment before returning to reportedly inform teammates she wouldn’t continue.
US news outlet NBC and Associated Press announced the news Biles would not return to the women’s team final, then US gymnastics confirmed the news stating it was for a ‘medical reason’.
Simone Biles mental health statement
Since the developments on Tuesday, Biles has confirmed the reason for her exit in a statement, citing her mental health:
“After the performance I did, I just didn’t want to go on. I have to focus on my mental health. I just think mental health is more prevalent in sports right now.
“We have to protect our minds and our bodies and not just go out and do what the world wants us to do. I don’t trust myself as much anymore. Maybe it’s getting older. There were a couple of days when everybody tweets you and you feel the weight of the world.
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“We’re not just athletes. We’re people at the end of the day and sometimes you just have to step back. I didn’t want to go out and do something stupid and get hurt. I feel like a lot of athletes speaking up has really helped.
“It’s so big, it’s the Olympic Games. At the end of the day we don’t want to be carried out of there on a stretcher.”