SHOCKING! Simone Biles Withdraws From More Gymnastics Events at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 07/31/2021, 3:59 AM EDT
Simone Biles looks down as she warms up during the final day of women’s competition in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for gymnastics in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., June 27, 2021. Picture taken June 27, 2021. Picture taken June 27, 2021. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson


Simone Biles pulled out of the all-round gymnastic finals in one of the most shocking twists in the Tokyo Olympics so far. The most decorated gymnast of all time revealed that she had taken the time off to cope with her mental health issues, which have seemingly spoilt the entire tournament for her. 

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After missing out on the entire artistic gymnastics events, USA Gymnastics announced that Biles would also not be competing in the apparatus finals which would take place on Sunday, August 1. This means she will not show up in the Uneven bars or Vault finals. 

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

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FILE PHOTO: Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Gymnastics Artistic Training – Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Tokyo, Japan – July 22, 2021 Simone Biles of the United States during training REUTERS/File Photo

“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.”

The misery just keeps adding on as Biles was heavily favoured to win gold in all of these events if not one. Winning all but one gold in the events in Rio 2016, she has failed to touch a single gold so far in Tokyo. 

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Gymnastics – Artistic – Women’s Team – Final – Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Tokyo, Japan – July 27, 2021. Simone Biles of the United States during the Women’s Team Final REUTERS/Mike Blake

Simone Biles demonstrated why she cannot compete in the events

While many remain in doubt about her situation, the 24-year-old gymnast demonstrated what has been plaguing her in Tokyo- something known as the ‘twisties’. Simone Biles shared videos on her Instagram story of her dismount from the uneven bars in practice and falling flat on the mat. The videos were deleted later. 

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However, the implication was that her body and mind got disconnected in mid-air, a phenomenon that could lead to serious injury. It is a regular occurrence in gymnastics, but Biles claims it has troubled her across all events, rather than just one or two that she previously felt it in. 

Her withdrawal from the vault finals is truly upsetting since she was expected to execute her incredible Yurchenko Double Pike move in it. Biles performed the move earlier this year, becoming the only female gymnast to ever do so.

Simone Biles of the U.S. performs during her beam routine in the women’s apparatus final at the World Gymnastics Championships at the Hydro arena in Glasgow, Scotland, November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Needless to say, Sunisa Lee is covering her absence by bagging gold from the USA. If her expertise continues to deliver, we may be looking at more gold for the 18-year-old. 

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