Olympic Games: American Simone Biles withdraws from two other gymnastics events



Simone Biles of the United States competes in the vault in the women’s team all-around final at the 2020 Summer Games on Tuesday in Tokyo. Photo by Richard Ellis / UPI | License photo

July 31 (UPI) – Team USA gymnast Simone Biles will extend her absence from the 2020 Summer Games competitions and miss next week’s vault and uneven bars events as she continues to focus on her mental health, USA Gymnastics said on Saturday.

United States Gymnastics announced Biles’ decision to withdraw from events after a review with the medal staff.

“She will continue to be evaluated daily to determine if she will compete in the finals for the floor exercises and the balance beam,” USA Gymnastics said. MyKayla Skinner, who had the fourth best vault score in qualifying, will compete in the vault finals for the United States alongside Jade Carey, who finished with the second best score.

“We remain impressed by Simone, who continues to handle this situation with courage and grace, and by all the athletes who mobilized in these unexpected circumstances.”

Biles, widely regarded as the greatest female gymnast in history, performed a vault rotation as part of the women’s all-around final in Tokyo on Tuesday before retiring from the event.

She then told reporters that she did not trust herself. She also said in a video posted on social networks that she had the “twisties,” a gymnastics term that describes getting lost in the air during routines, which can lead to serious injury.

She said it can take at least two weeks to overcome the “twists”.

“I don’t think you realize how dangerous it is on a hard / competitive court,” Biles wrote on Instagram Thursday.

Biles also retired from Thursday’s individual all-around final. Suni Lee of the US team won a gold medal in this event. Biles watched from the sideline as Lee and Carey took part in the event.

Lee, Grace McCallum and Jordan Chiles managed to win a silver medal for the team despite the withdrawal of Biles.

The women’s vault final and the women’s uneven bars final are scheduled for Sunday. The women’s floor final is scheduled for Monday. The women’s final on beam will take place on Tuesday.

From left to right, Chinese silver medalist Xijing Tang, Chinese gold medalist Chenchen Guan and American bronze medalist Simone Biles pose during the awards ceremony for the individual final on balance beam on August 3. Photo by Richard Ellis / UPI | License photo


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