Four-time Olympic champion Simone Biles has pulled out of the all-around individual gymnastics competition she won in the last Olympics citing mental health issues.
Biles told the press after the team competition that she is “not injured,” but that “the Olympics have been very stressful” for her and she’s “not having fun.”
Biles Very Stressed Out
The USA women’s gymnastics team took silver behind the Russia Olympic Committee after Biles bowed out in the middle of the team competition Tuesday.
Simone Biles was one of the first athletes to congratulate the Russian Olympic Committee gymnasts on their gold medal 👏 pic.twitter.com/fxTqSoW7ty
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In 2016, Biles won individual gold medals in all-around, vault and floor; bronze in balance beam; and gold as part of the United States team, dubbed the “Final Five”.
Following today’s announcement, USA Gymnastics issued a statement saying “We wholeheartedly support Simone’s decision and applaud her bravery in prioritizing her well-being.”
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USA Swimming now with 8 of America’s 14 medals. On Day 3, Caleb Dressel leading the U-S men’s relay team to 1st place, the Florida native tossing his gold medal to a teammate in the stands.
And heartbreak for reigning champ and record holder, Katie Ledecky fought valiantly to defend her title in the 400 free but lost by less than a second coming in after Australian’s Ariarne Titmus.