Simone Biles Tokyo Olympics
Simone Biles withdrew from the final of the women's gymnastics team all-around at the Tokyo Olympics.
Simone Biles withdrew halfway through the final of the team all-around in women's gymnastics, jeopardizing the gold of the US team.
NBC television announced that the most successful gymnast in the history of her sport would not participate in the U.S. team's attempt to win a third consecutive gold medal in the group competition.
Biles did not look good in her first competition in the team finals. She botched her vault and nearly fell to her knees on landing, earning one of her worst scores to date on perhaps her strongest apparatus.
Simone Biles withdrew from the gymnastics team final in Tokyo, a decision she said left her "super frustrated." Biles said she had no physical problems but decided to withdraw for psychological reasons. There are still a few gymnastics competitions to go to, and Biles could return. However, if she does not, there are some competitions that other American gymnasts will not be able to participate in. Here are the reasons why.
Who will replace Simone Biles?
Biles withdrew from several Olympic events before they took place. The first event she missed was the team finals, in which gymnasts on each team finish each of the four events - vault, balance beam, uneven bars, and floor exercise.
In the team finals, Biles had to compete in three events. Jordan Chiles competed on uneven bars and balance beam in her place, and Suni Lee competed on floor exercise in her place. The team won the silver medal.
Jordan Chiles was the hero Team USA didn't know it needed.
The 20-year-old gymnast stepped up when American superstar Simone Biles withdrew from the Olympic team all-around final because of mental health issues.
But moments before the most important performance of her gymnastics career, Jordan Chiles didn't quite believe what was happening around her.
Jordan Chiles competes on the balance beam during the women's gymnastics team all-around final at the Tokyo Olympics. Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports
Chiles was Biles' first emergency substitute gymnast in the second rotation of the final and tackled a competition that was anything but her strongest discipline: the uneven bars. Just days after a shaky performance in the qualifier, she scored a 14.166 - relatively low by American standards, but higher than the vast majority of her competitors.
She again fulfilled her role as a substitute in the next rotation. Chile's 13.433 on beam was, as expected, the lowest score of the U.S. contingent. However, she was good enough to beat Russia's Vladislava Urazova and Angelina Melnikova - who later won gold with the Russian Olympic Committee - and help the U.S. team stay afloat.
Both performances are remarkable given the nature of their last-second preparations.
Jordan Chiles competes on uneven bars in place of Simone Biles. Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports
"I wasn't supposed to do the bars and beam, so I didn't know what was going to happen - if she was going to continue or not," Chiles said.
"At that point, we were all panicking," she added. "But at the same time, we knew we had to do something together and calm down because we had a job to do."
Alongside teammates Sunisa Lee and Grace McCallan, Chiles strung together a string of sensational performances to lead Team USA to a second-place finish.
Although it was the first time since 2012 that the Americans were not on the podium, the trio's silver medal feels more like a triumph than a defeat.
Simone Biles is withdrawing from the finals of the individual all-around at the Tokyo Olympics.
"After a further medical evaluation, Simone Biles has withdrawn from the finals of the individual all-around," USA Gymnastics said in a press release.
"We wholeheartedly support Simone's decision and applaud her courage in prioritizing her well-being," USA Gymnastics added. "Her courage demonstrates once again why she is a role model for so many people."
Biles may still compete in the finals of the individual events - USA Gymnastics said she will be evaluated each day to decide if she will participate. She had qualified in all four events.
Jade Carey will take over the general competition.
The 21-year-old Carey, from Arizona, did not compete Tuesday because she had not been selected as a member of the four-member team.
She had come to Tokyo to specialize in vault and floor exercise and to qualify for the Olympics by earning enough points at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup. The fact that she was not part of the four-member team caused controversy in the gymnastics world.
In Sunday's qualifying competitions, Carey scored high on vault and floor to qualify for the apparatus finals. And a good score on uneven bars - 14.133 - was enough to put her in ninth place overall.
On most teams, her total score would have easily qualified her for the finals of the individual all-around. But each team was only allowed two individuals to compete. Biles took first place and Lee took third.
Biles' withdrawal puts Carey in the spotlight for the largest event in the individual gymnastics competition.
Simone Biles has her last Olympic chance after withdrawing from the floor exercise final.
Simone Biles withdrew from the women's floor exercise final at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday, marking her fifth withdrawal from the six finals she qualified for these Games.
Having already withdrawn from the women's team final after losing her bearings on her first vault in the air, Biles has now withdrawn from the individual finals in the all-around, vault, parallel bars, and floor exercise, citing mental blocks in parts of her technique and the need to maintain her sanity.
She posted a video of herself on Instagram attempting two dismounts on uneven bars in a foam pit. Both times she lost track of herself in mid-air. Gymnasts from around the world offered their support for her decision and pointed out the dangers of the competition.
"For all those who say I gave up: I haven't given up, my mind and body are just not in sync as you can see here," Biles wrote. "I don't think you realize how dangerous it is on a hard/competitive surface".
Although she had said she felt bad in general, Biles had stated that her mental block was particularly pronounced in her torsion skills. This immediately cast doubt on her incredibly difficult floor routine, which includes many tumbling passages with torsion, such as her eponymous triple twist double back somersault.
The floor routine is undoubtedly Biles' strongest test. She is the reigning Olympic and five-time world champion on the floor. She is undefeated on floor at major championships since 2013.
Biles will be replaced in the floor final by Great Britain's Jennifer Gadirova, who was the first reserve. In the final she will meet her twin sister Jessica, who scored the fourth best score of all present participants.