Simone Biles withdraws from two event finals at the Olympics

Simone Biles has decided to pull out of two more Olympic events due to concerns over her mental health, USA Gymnastics said late Friday.

The four-time Olympic gold medalist opted to sit out the woman’s gymnastics event finals for vault and the uneven bars in Tokyo on Sunday.

“After further consultation with medical staff, Simone Biles has decided to withdraw from the event finals for vault and the uneven bars. She will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether to compete in the finals for floor exercise and balance beam,” the organization said in a statement.

“We remain in awe of Simone, who continues to handle this situation with courage and grace, and all of the athletes who have stepped up during these unexpected circumstances.”

MyKayla Skinner will take Biles’ place in the vault finals alongside Jade Carey.

Simone Biles of Team United States is embraced by coach Cecile Landi during the Women's Team Final on day four of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Simone Biles of Team United States is embraced by coach Cecile Landi during the Women’s Team Final on day four of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
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Simone Biles, of the United States, watches teammate Sunisa Lee performing on the uneven bars during the artistic gymnastics women's all-around final at the 2020 Summer Olympics on July 29, 2021.
Simone Biles, of the United States, watches teammate Sunisa Lee performing on the uneven bars during the artistic gymnastics women’s all-around final at the 2020 Summer Olympics on July 29, 2021.
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Simone Biles, of the United States, right, poses for pictures with teammate MyKayla Skinner, after an artistic gymnastics practice session at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, July 22, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.
USA Gymnastics said they’ll continue to evaluate if Biles will take part in the finals for floor exercise and balance beam.
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Biles, 24, took to her Instagram Stories Friday to tell fans she was struggling with feeling off while performing twists, a phenomenon she dubbed the “twisties.”

The superstar said her “mind and body” were not in sync and she was “going back to basics.”


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Skinner posted that she was excited to step into Biles’ gymnastics shoes, writing: “Can’t wait to compete in vault finals. Doing this for us @simonebiles It’s go time baby!”

One of the Instagram stories posted by Biles.
One of the Instagram stories posted by Biles.
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Screen shots from Simone Biles describing why she pulled out of the Olympics.
Biles posted on her social media about why she took a step back at the Olympics.
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Biles bowed out of team competition Tuesday, claiming she was in good physical health, but overwhelmed the emotional toll of expectations associated with being considered the most prominent Olympic athlete.

Team USA won a silver medal in her absence.

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