Simone Biles, the world’s greatest gymnast, withdraws from 2 more Olympic events, USA Gymnastics announced Friday night. She was supposed to compete in the uneven bars and vault events, but still decided to withdraw and not to continue.
The U.S.A. Gymnastics have stated that she would not compete in the uneven bars and vault events. However, it will still be evaluated to determine its availability for the final two events, floor exercises, and balancing beams.
“After further consultation with medical staff, Simone Biles has decided to withdraw from the event finals for vault and the uneven bars. MyKayla Skinner, who had the fourth-highest score in vault during qualifications, will compete in vault finals for the US alongside Jade Carey, who finished with the second-highest score,” U.S.A. Gymnastics wrote.
“We remain in awe of Simone, who continues to handle this situation with courage and grace, and all of the athletes who have stepped up during these unexpected circumstances.”
She will be replaced in the vault by MyKayla Skinner. Suni Lee will represent the U.S. on the uneven bars this weekend. Given that there are no qualified gymnastics for floor exercises, if Simone decides not to compete; the U.S. is out from this event.
Biles shocked the fans with her decision. Many were asking what caused her decision. She later explained that she’s grappling with the “twisties,” a well-known phenomenon in which gymnasts start losing control midair and struggle to finish complex maneuvers safely. It has been explained on social networks that the competition under these conditions can be dangerous. Biles emphasized the need to take care of her mental health, which many famous and sports celebrities supported.
She is yet to decide whether she will compete in the floor finals event on 2 August or the beam finals event on the 3rd of August.