Simone Biles withdraws
This is how the world is reacting to star’s exit from team final competition at the Olympics
Simone Biles encourages teammate Jordan Chiles during the team final of the women’s artistic gymnastics competition in Tokyo. Biles only competed on the vault and will not compete on other events. (2021 Getty Images)
Houston’s Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team final competition in the Olympics due to a medical issue.
Biles has not withdrawn from the individual competition. That remains to be determined.
Here are some of the reactions people have shared on social media since word of her decision hit the headlines.
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Simone Biles withdraws from women’s team gymnastics at Tokyo 2020 Olympics as ROC wins gold
Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Tokyo (CNN)Simone Biles had to withdraw from the women’s team gymnastic final on Tuesday as the Russia Olympic Committee (ROC) took gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The ROC’s team of Vladislava Urazova, Viktoriia Listunova and Angelina Melnikova won with a score of 169.528, while Team USA took silver with 166.096 and Great Britain bronze with 164.096.
Biles withdrew from the final on Tuesday after leaving the arena to be attended to by the trainer.
While performing her Amanar vault during the first rotation of the team competition, Biles only managed one-and-a-half rotations and landed awkwardly — prompting gasps from onlookers in the Ariake Gymnastics Centre.
“Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue,” said a USA Gymnastics statement. “She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions. Thinking of you, Simone!”
Biles, who is looking to add to the four gold medals she won at the 2016 Rio Olympics, returned to the arena before the second rotation in a tracksuit as Jordan Chiles took her place for the uneven bars.
Grace McCallum (left) and Simone Biles react during the women’s team final.
She continued to support her teammates from the sidelines, chatting with them and cheering after each routine.
Chiles, a close friend of Biles, was appearing in her first Olympics and competed alongside Sunisa Lee and Grace McCallum.
Victory for ROC secures a famous double after the men won gold in Monday’s team event, while also denying the USA, whose silver ensured an eighth consecutive podium finish, a third consecutive Olympic title.
USA had closed the gap on ROC to 0.8 ahead of the final rotation, but any chance of a comeback victory was out of reach when Listunova scored 14.166 for her flawless floor routine, growing the ROC’s lead to more than three points.
Melnikova’s then scored 13.966 to seal the win and spark emotional celebrations with her teammates.
The Russian Olympic Committee has secured an historic double in team gymnastics.
“I knew that it was depending on me and I was feeling overwhelming happiness and I knew I did it. I knew I had done my job,” Melnikova said of her floor routine.
“We still can’t believe it’s happening. The impossible is possible now … We worked extremely hard, we were basically in a closed training camp for a year and a half, working for this moment.”
Simone Arianne Biles
(born March 14, 1997) is an American artistic gymnast.
With a combined total of 30 Olympic and World Championship medals, Biles is the most decorated American gymnast and is regarded by many to be the greatest and most dominant gymnast of all time.
At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, 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”. Biles is also a five-time World all-around champion (2013–2015, 2018–19), five-time World floor exercise champion (2013–2015, 2018–19), three-time World balance beam champion (2014–15, 2019), two-time World vault champion (2018–19), a seven-time United States national all-around champion (2013–2016, 2018–19, 2021), and a member of the gold medal-winning American teams at the 2014, 2015, 2018, and 2019 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. Additionally, she is a three-time World silver medalist (2013 and 2014 on vault, 2018 on uneven bars) and a three-time World bronze medalist (2015 on vault, 2013 and 2018 on balance beam).
Biles is the gymnast with the most World medals (25) and most World gold medals (19), having surpassed Vitaly Scherbo’s record 23 World medals by winning her 24th and 25th, both gold, at the 2019 competition in Stuttgart. She is the female gymnast with the most World all-around titles (5). Biles is the sixth woman to win an individual all-around title at both the World Championships and the Olympics, and the first gymnast since Lilia Podkopayeva in 1996 to hold both titles simultaneously. She is the tenth female gymnast and first American female gymnast to win a World medal on every event, and the first female gymnast since Daniela Silivaș in 1988 to win a medal on every event at a single Olympic Games or World Championships, having accomplished this feat at the 2018 World Championships in Doha.