Citing mental health, Simone Biles also withdraws from all-around | Inquirer Sports
Close  

Citing mental health, Simone Biles also withdraws from all-around

/ 05:09 PM July 28, 2021
Jul 27, 2021; Tokyo, Japan; Simone Biles (USA) walks off the floor after winning the silver medal in the women's team final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Jul 27, 2021; Tokyo, Japan; Simone Biles (USA) walks off the floor after winning the silver medal in the women’s team final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

TOKYO— Superstar U.S. gymnast Simone Biles pulled out of a second event at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday, withdrawing from the individual all-around competition to focus on her mental health.

Less than 24 hours after she had sent shockwaves around the world by dropping out of the team event, the American said she would not take part in Thursday’s final, USA Gymnastics said.

ADVERTISEMENT

Jade Carey will take her place in Thursday’s all-around event.

USA Gymnastics said they “wholeheartedly support Simone’s decision and applaud her bravery in prioritizing her well-being.

FEATURED STORIES

“Her courage shows, yet again, why she is a role model for so many,” it said.

The governing body for the sport in the U.S. said Biles would be evaluated daily to see if she can take part in individual apparatus competitions still to come at the Tokyo Games.

Biles has spoken with astonishing candor about the pressure she is under here.

“There is more to life than just gymnastics,” Biles said on Tuesday night after pulling out of the team event.

“I know that this Olympic Games I want it to be for myself,” she said, tearing up.

“I came in and it felt like I was still doing it for other people, so that just hurts my heart that doing what I love has been kind of taken away from me to please other people.

ADVERTISEMENT

“We also have to focus on ourselves because at the end of the day, we’re human too. We have to protect our mind and our body rather than just go out there and do what the world wants us to do.”

On Tuesday Biles picked up her sixth Olympic medal for being part of the U.S. squad that went on to place second behind Russia.

International Olympic Committee spokesperson Mark Adams had said earlier on Wednesday the IOC has “huge respect and support” for Biles.

Adams said mental health remained a big issue and that it was a matter the organization had been working on for some time.

IOC President Thomas Bach was seen in deep conversation with Biles on the floor of the Ariake Gymnastics Centre on Tuesday before awarding medals.

Biles had been scheduled to appear in all six gymnastics event finals and a sweep of the gold medals would have given her 10, making her the most accomplished woman Olympian in any sport.

RELATED STORIES

Get the hottest sports news straight into your inbox

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Mental Health, Simone Biles, Tokyo Olympics, USA
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our sports news

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.