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Shock And Confusion As Simone Biles Pulls Out Of Olympic Final

Shock And Confusion As Simone Biles Pulls Out Of Olympic Final

Having won five medals as a teenager in Rio four years ago (including four golds!), American gymnast Simone Biles was set to be one of the stars of the Tokyo Olympics. Still favoured to dominate the Gymnastic events, she's the only competitor to qualify for every individual final, and was part of the American team that qualified for the team final with ease, and expected to take the gold medal.

However, in this morning's vault event, Biles made a rare and surprising error, bailing on her planned move for a much more simple skill. Off balance, she almost fell on her landing, and received a low score of 13.766 from the judges.

Shortly afterwards, she was seen leaving the arena, but returned shortly after with the announcement she was pulling out of the event, and would no longer be competing alongside her three teammates in the remaining events.

NBC, the Olympic broadcaster in the States reported that Biles' coach said a "mental issue" was the reasoning for the withdrawal, though an official statement has since been released by USA Gymnastics has called it a "medical issue."

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It has led to much confusion among fans and journalists as to what the actual issue was. Just yesterday, Biles posted on Instagram with a statement that told of the pressure on her shoulders, given how much America and the world expects her to perform on the biggest stage of them all.

"I truly do feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders at times. I know I brush it off and make it seem like pressure doesn't affect me but damn sometimes it's hard."

 

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It remains to be seen what this means for the rest of Biles' Olympics and whether she was continue to compete in the individual events.

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