Simone Biles bows out of Olympic team finals

A lot is expected from Simone Biles. The American gymnast dominated in the 2016 Rio Olympic games, and she’s a favorite to win in the gymnastic events at the Tokyo Olympics.

That is why fans from all over the world were shocked when she withdrew from the team finals over mental health concerns, as per CNN. Biles broke down in tears as she addressed the media following the women’s team gymnastics final where Team USA won silver.

“Whenever you get in a high stress situation you kind of freak out,” she explained. “I have to focus on my mental health and not jeopardize my health and wellbeing.”

“We have to protect our body and our mind,” Biles added. “It just sucks when you’re fighting with your own head.” Biles said those competing are “not just athletes, we’re people at the end of the day.”

Biles’ withdrawal from the women’s team gymnastics event came after she scored a disappointing score of 13.766 on the vault in the first rotation of the team event. She is still eligible to compete in the individual events to be held this week. 

Right now, Biles is ‘dealing with a few things.’ “No injury thankfully, and that’s why I took a step back because I didn’t want to do something silly out there and get injured,” Biles said. “I thought it was best that these girls took over and did the rest of the job, which they absolutely did — they’re Olympic silver medalists. They should be really proud of themselves for how well they did.”

Biles still has the chance to redeem herself as she is set to compete for four gymnastics finals events in the next few days, namely vault, uneven bars, floor exercise, and balance beam. Let’s hope she will be ready to compete by then. Her fans around the world anticipate the champion’s return.

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