After stumbling and nearly falling in her first event, the vault, Biles stepped down from the rest of the team events on Tuesday. According to People, she switched up her routine from an Amanar vault to a 1.5 twist. But Biles nearly fell forward when she landed the vault, resulting in the lowest vault score of her Olympics career.
A statement from USA Gymnastics declared that Biles faced a “medical issue” and they’ll “assess her daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.”
The U.S. still pulled through with a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics, despite Biles’ absence. But now, fans anxiously wonder if she’ll be able to take home the gold for the individual competition.
People reports that Biles told reporters after the team finals that she’d take a break on Wednesday and return for the individual finals on Thursday. But in an exclusive interview with TODAY, the world’s greatest gymnast claimed she was “going to take it day by day and we’re just going to see.”
Either way, Biles swears that she’s “okay, just dealing with some things internally which will get fixed out in the next couple of days.”
Those internal things include the stress and pressure of being one of the top gymnasts globally. According to People, “If she had continued to compete while under such pressure and as mentally off-kilter as she felt… she worried she would have risked the squad’s medal chances.”
Simone Biles’ U.S. Teammates Respond To Her Tokyo Olympics Exit
The U.S women’s gymnastics team performed well under pressure, with Biles’ departure taking everyone by surprise. Jordan Chiles stepped up for Biles on the uneven bars, and Suni Lee and Grace McCallum continued with the rest of the Olympics events.
After trailing Russia and taking the silver medal, the team spoke to reporters about the overall competition and Biles’ early exit from the Tokyo Olympics.
“It was definitely something that was unexpected,” Chiles said. “We were kind of emotional when we found out that she wasn’t going to continue and, you know, we always kind of put our minds in a great position. Because at the end of the day, we’re out there to show what we needed to show and we went out there and did what we did.”
Despite not competing, Biles stayed on the floor with her teammates and cheered them on as they finished the Olympics events.
“For me, I’m proud for how the girls stepped up and did what they had to do. I owe this to the girls, it has nothing to do with me,” Biles told reporters. “I am very proud of them.”
She continued to praise her teammates in an Instagram post earlier today, calling them “OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALISTS.”
“I’m SO proud of these girls right here. You girls are incredibly brave & talented! I’ll forever be inspired by your determination to not give up and to fight through adversity! They stepped up when I couldn’t. thanks for being there for me and having my back! forever love y’all,” Biles captioned the post.