Following Simone Biles’ shocking exit from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the famous gymnast reveals what she told her teammates before withdrawing from the team final.
On Tuesday (July 27th), Team USA pulled Simone out of the 2020 Olympics due to a medical issue. The USA Gymnastics crew reveals in a statement, “She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.
According to People, Biles shared with reporters about pulling out of the Olympics event after her first apparatus. “[I told them] you have done all the training. You can do this without me and it will be just fine,” Biles states. The Olympics legend also explains that her teammates were freaking out. “I was like, ‘You guys need to relax. You’re going to be fine without me. Go out there and kick some butt. Just like we’ve done in training.’”
While she didn’t win gold, Biles tells reporters she was absolutely proud of the rest of Team USA’s performances at the 2020 Olympics, earning silver behind the Russians. “I’m proud for how the girls stepped and did what they had to do. I owe this to the girls. It has nothing to do with me. I am very proud of them.”
Suni Lee, Simone Biles’ Olympics teammate, recalls her reaction to Biles announcing she wasn’t going to finish the final. “I was just like, ‘We got this.’ We can go out there and show the world what we came here to do,” she says. Jordan Chiles also praising Biles and stating their silver media is definitely for her. She then adds, “We wouldn’t be silver Olympic medalists — because of who she is as a person, so kudos to you, girlie. We’re fighters, we fought through this entire competition.”
Simone Talks Vault Performance Mistake Before Withdrawing From 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Prior to withdrawing from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics team gymnastics event, Simone took to her Instagram to address her vault performance mistake. “It wasn’t an easy day or my best but I got through it,” she explains. Biles also says she truly feels like she has the weight of the world on her shoulders at times. “I know I brush it off and make it seem like pressure doesn’t affect me, but damn sometimes it’s hard!”
The 2020 Olympics athlete also says that she’s happy her family was able to be with her virtually. “They mean the world to me.”
People reveals that Simone bailed on her planned Amanar vault for an easier 1.5 twist and posted a score of 13.766. Her next Olympics competition is currently scheduled for Thursday (July 29th). She is set to compete in the individual event finals, which are the vault, beam, floor, and uneven bars.