Simone Biles during the artistic gymnastics women’s team final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo on July 27, 2021.
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Simone Biles will not defend her all-around gold medal, USA Gymnastics confirmed Wednesday morning.
The 24-year-old athlete will miss the individual competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games to focus on her mental health, her team said.
“Simone will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether or not to participate in next week’s individual event finals,” USA Gymnastics said in a statement Wednesday.
“We wholeheartedly support Simone’s decision and applaud her bravery in prioritizing her well-being. Her courage shows, yet again, why she is a role model for so many.”
Biles shocked the Olympic world Tuesday when she pulled out of the U.S. team gymnastics finals, said the emotional toll of the Tokyo Games, not a physical injury, prompted her withdrawal.
Jade Carey, who had the ninth highest score in qualifications, will participate in her place in the all-around.
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