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Simone Biles Withdraws From the Olympics Team Final Competition Due to Medical Issue


Simone Biles has exited the team finals at the Tokyo Olympics due to a "medical issue." During the team finals, Biles performed the vault, the first rotation for the U.S.A. team. She was supposed to perform the "Amanar," a vault that begins with a roundoff back handspring onto the board, followed by 2 and a half twists, however, Biles only executed one and half twists.

Following the vault, she was seen speaking with her coach Cecile Canqueteau-Landia and a trainer before exiting the floor with a team doctor. Several minutes later the four-time Olympic gold medalist returned to the floor, took her bar grips off, and pulled on her team U.S.A. sweatsuit on after hugging her teammates. Jordan Chiles replaced Biles for the remainder of the team competition.

The U.S.A. Gymnastics organization released the official statement on Twitter.

"Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue," the statement read. "She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions."

She is qualified to compete in all four of the individual events later in the games, although at the moment, it is unclear if she will.

On Monday, the gymnast opened up on her social media about the pressure that comes along with the Olympics. "I truly do feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders at times," she wrote. "I know I brush it off and make it seem like pressure doesn't affect me but damn sometimes it's hard hahaha! The olympics is no joke!"

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