Simone Biles indicated her shocking withdrawal from the women’s gymnastics team competition Tuesday in Tokyo was due to the emotional toll she is feeling.
Simone Biles indicated her shocking withdrawal from the women’s gymnastics team competition Tuesday in Tokyo was due to the emotional toll she is feeling as “the head star” of the Olympics rather than any physical injury.
“Physically, I feel good, I’m in shape,” the 24-year-old Biles told NBC’s Hoda Kotb after the team earned the silver medal following her departure. “Emotionally, that kind of varies on the time and moment. Coming to the Olympics and being head star isn’t an easy feat, so we’re just trying to take it one day at a time and we’ll see.
“I’m OK, just super frustrated of how the night, but super proud of these girls and now we’re silver medalists. Something we’ll cherish forever. We hope America still loves us.”
The four-time Olympic gold medalist would not commit to competing in the all-around competition that begins Thursday or the individual apparatus events.
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“We’re gonna take it day by day, and we’re just gonna see,” she said.
USA Gymnastics said earlier in a statement that Biles departure following her vault rotation was due to a unspecified “medical issue,” adding that she “will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.”
Biles also shared that her teammates “were freaking out” when she informed them of her decision to drop out of the competition.
“They were crying, and I was like, ‘You guys need to relax, you’re gonna be fine without me. Go out there, kick some butt just like you’ve done in training, and just lay it out on the floor and see what happens.’”
This story originally appeared on: NyPost - Author:Peter Botte