Simone Biles has withdrawn from the Tokyo Artistic Gymnastics Team Final . The 24-year-old athlete, called to be one of the great stars of these Games , participated in the first rotation of the final contest, that of jumping, but after her exercise she has passed into the reserve of the American team and has no longer competed in the uneven bars test.
It has not transpired if Biles ‘s loss is due to an injury problem, since he was dragging some physical discomfort in his heel, or because of the pressure that he has been experiencing since the competition began, becoming the focus of attention of these Olympic Games and in the main international figure after the retirement of Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps after Rio.
The American Gymnastics Federation made an announcement public after the replacement of Biles to get out of trouble, although it leaves all hypotheses open. “Simone has withdrawn from the team competition due to a medical problem. She will be advised daily to determine her medical discharge for future competitions,” the statement said.
The hypothesis about anxiety, on the other hand, was spread by commentators on NBC, the American network that broadcasts the Games. “It is not related to an injury,” said American television, citing a comment by coach Tom Forster. “It’s a mental problem that Simone is having.”
Biles’ performance in the team rankings was already marked by some improper mistakes of a gymnast who has dominated with an iron fist in the last decade and who before Tokyo was already considered the best gymnast of all time. The USA qualified without problems, although with the second best mark (170,562) behind the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) team, which finished with 171,629 points.
On his Instagram account, Biles left hours later a worrying message about his state of mind before the Olympic event. “It was not an easy day for me.
I really feel like sometimes I carry the weight of the world on my shoulders. I know sometimes the pressure doesn’t seem to affect me, but sometimes it’s hard, hahahah. The Games are not a joke. But I’m glad that my family can be with me virtually, that means a lot. ”
In their brief intervention in the team final, the USA and the Russian team shared apparatus in the rotation and began with the jump, one of Biles’ specialties . But the five-time Rio medalist left one of her worst scores in years (13,766), far from the 14,900 she did in qualifying, and the worst of the three American gymnasts.