Simone Biles, 24 old, withdrew from the women’s team gymnastics final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Tuesday. “I have to focus on my mental health and not jeopardize my health and well-being,” she declared. It followed years of stress and pressure. “It’s been really stressful, this Olympic Games,” Biles said, noting the unusual conditions in Tokyo, where the public can’t attend competitions. The head of the US Olympic team, many gymnasts, and other sportspeople were among those to praise Biles’ decision. After scoring 13.766 – her lowest Olympic vault score – Biles left the arena, but returned to support her team-mates as they took silver behind the Russian Olympic Committee. Biles is a 30-time Olympic and World Championship medallist, and needs four podium finishes in Tokyo to become the most decorated gymnast – male or female – in history.
Biles confirmed that she had not suffered a physical injury. Biles stormed the gym at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, using her strength, talent and fearlessness to win five gold medals. In 2019, with the Tokyo Olympics looming, Biles became the most decorated gymnast in world championship history. In pointing to the mental toll and stress of coping with high expectations and extreme attention, Biles joins tennis star Naomi Osaka WHO withdrew from the French Open after stating her desire to avoid news conferences. a few hours after the competition ended, Biles told reporters she felt like she “didn’t do [her] job” and let her team down. Her guilt was palpable.