Simone Biles Withdraws From Floor Event Finals

Simone Biles has taken time for her mental health and to recover from the 'twisties.'

8/1/2021 6:50:00 AM

Simone Biles has taken time for her mental health and to recover from the 'twisties.'

Simone Biles has taken time for her mental health and to recover from the 'twisties.'

TOKYO (AP) — Simone Biles will not defend her Olympic gold medal on floor exercise.USA Gymnastics announced Sunday that the six-time Olympic medalist has opted not to compete on floor, where she won gold in Rio de Janeiro and placed second in qualifying last week.

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Simone has withdrawn from the event final for floor and will make a decision on beam later this week. Either way, we’re all behind you, Simone.— USA Gymnastics (@USAGym)August 1, 2021Jennifer Gadirova of Britain will replace Biles in the finals, which are scheduled for Monday.

USA Gymnastics said Biles has not decided whether to participate in the balance beam final, which is scheduled for Tuesday. She earned bronze on the event in Brazil five years ago.Biles has already chosen not to compete in the uneven bars and vault finals, set for Sunday evening at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre. She was not expected to medal on bars, but is the Olympic champion on vault.

Biles is dealing with a mental block that in gymnastics is referred to as “the twisties.” In other words, Biles is having trouble figuring out where her body is in relation to the ground when in the air.Biles has been dominant on floor exercise during her elite career, winning five world championships along with her triumph in Rio. Her innovative tumbling has redefined what is possible on the podium. She has two tumbling pass dismounts named after her in the sport’s Code of Points.

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If she can't compete without ritalin, a powerful stimulant and concentration aid, doesn't this cast a shadow over all of her previous wins? Legal or not, they are performance enhancing drugs. No shame. Not everyone has what it takes to be a world class athlete. I just hope she did well in college so she has a career to fall back on.

This entire situation just shows that an alarming number of people don't think of athletes (especially athletes of color) as human beings, just machines for entertainment. Grateful that she can step back instead of being forced to compete and risk breaking her actual neck. The 'yips' - only when your're off your game in gymnastics you can end up paralyzed

Can't wait for the book to come out great publicly stunt I feel bad for her she trained so hard, and to have her body be unbalanced after getting there is heartbreaking… she is super hard on herself this must be killing her not to be at 100 percent best…hugs to her. Lame Wow.. you lads seem to be fully obsessed that requires a psychiatric involvement.

thanks Good for her!

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Simone Biles withdraws from vault, uneven bars competitionsBREAKING: American gymnast Simone Biles has pulled out of the individual competitions in vault and uneven bars, according to USA Gymnastics. We love you and care about your overall being. YOU’VE MADE US PROUD! We love you Simone! So is she competing on floor and beam Soooo brave

Simone Biles Withdraws From 2 More Olympic EventsBiles abruptly pulled out of the women’s all-around and team competitions earlier this week, citing mental health concerns. Take time to recover GOAT 💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯 when you want a child to do something with a whole heart you have to get them to WANT to do it. Bitching,berating, beating down, may get them to do it but with half heart results. If I was her, I wouldn't want to do a f'ing thing Being a celebrity definitely has its advantages. Imagine a pilot quitting midair, a surgeon quitting in the middle of a procedure or a soldier quitting when engaged in a combat for the same reasons as Simone Biles.

Breaking news: Simone Biles withdraws from vault and uneven bars finalsThe Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics are underway after the Games were delayed for almost a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Follow here for the latest news on the Summer Olympics. Sad but opportunity for others go USA! HiraethResists She won’t. Guaranteed. pressureonTeamUSA

Simone Biles Withdraws from Sunday Finals in Tokyo, MyKayla Skinner Will Replace HerBiles said she was putting her mental health first when she withdrew from the gymnastics team event after one rotation. I’M PAYING OFF DEBTS OF FIRST 20 PEOPLE TO HIT ME UP 🇺🇸🇨🇦 Is it true she was on medication which is banned in Japan and she stopped taking it and that's what has caused these issues? usada I for one agree and stand with her for this

Simone Biles Withdraws From Olympic Vault and Bars Event Finals Amid Mental Health ConcernsSimone Biles previously did not compete in the team or individual all-around finals at the Tokyo Olympics — get the details Has she lost it or is she hurt