Team USA pulled Simone Biles, one of the most recognizable and well-known members of the women’s gymnastics squad, from team competition Tuesday.
The move comes a day after Biles’ disastrous vault attempt. In which, she stumbled and fell upon landing. Officials took her to the locker room seemingly in tears. She returned a short time later with her wrist wrapped. Though she removed the bandages before competing in the uneven bars later that day, Yahoo said.
USA Gymnastics team officials pulled her from competition because of a medical issue.
“Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue,” USA Gymnastics said in a statement. “She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.”
Though a live broadcast said she left over a “mental issue” not a physical one, the New York Post said.
Most experts consider Simone Biles one of America’s greatest gymnasts of all time. She won four gold medals and a bronze at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio.
The 24-year-old was ahead in the all-around standing after Sunday’s qualifying round. Most analysts had her heavily favored to lead America to another gold medal. However, her absence puts the team in an even more difficult position as it was behind the Russian Olympic Committee squad ahead of the finals.
Biles discussed her mistake on the vault in an Instagram post before she pulled out of the Team competition.
“it wasn’t an easy day or my best but I got through it. I truly do feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders at times,” she wrote. “I know I brush it off and make it seem like pressure doesn’t affect me but damn sometimes it’s hard hahaha! The Olympics is no joke! BUT I’m happy my family was able to be with me virtually they mean the world to me!”
Naomi Osaka Fails to Medal to Tokyo Olympics
Tennis star Naomi Osaka, who lit the Olympic cauldron at the Opening Ceremonies, faltered Tuesday, losing to Croatia’s Donna Vekic.
She committed 32-unforced errors in the match and will leave the Games empty-handed. She also was a heavy favorite to medal at this year’s Olympics.
“I definitely feel like there was a lot of pressure for this,” the 23-year-old said after the match, according to CNN. “… Maybe because I haven’t played in the Olympics before and for the first year (it) was a bit much. I think I’m glad with how I played, with taking that break that I had.”
Osaka withdrew from the French Open two months ago saying she needed to focus on her mental health.
The No. 2 player in the world, who was born in Japan, said in a tweet that lighting the Olympic flame was “Undoubtedly the greatest athletic achievement and honor I will ever have in my life.”