Last updated on July 31st, 2021 at 11:45 pm
Simon Biles withdrew from uneven bars and vault finals. According to USA Gymnastics, she pulled back from the Tokyo Olympics due to mental health issues. The superstar gymnast said she’s suffering from twisties, a mental block that makes a person lose track of their positioning while in midair.
The 24-year-old gymnast consulted with medical staff before she made her decision. According to bookie pay per head reports, staff will evaluate her daily to determine if she can compete in the balance beam and floor exercise finals.
The bars and vault finals will be on Sunday. The floor final will be on Monday. Lastly, the beam final will be on Tuesday. MyKayla Skinner will represent the US in the vault finals together with Jade Carey.
Simone Biles Withdrew from Uneven Bars and Vault
Last Tuesday, Biles withdrew from the team final. She said that she wanted to protect her mind and body. On Wednesday, she stepped away from the individual all-around final that was scheduled for Thursday.
According to the best bookie pay per head, Biles was the favorite to win the gold medal in the event. In addition, she won all individual all-around events she participated in since 2013.
Skinner takes Biles’ place in the vault final. She finished behind Biles and Carey in the qualifiers. Thus, she didn’t advance to the next stage because of the Olympics’ two-athlete-for-each-country rule.
Simon shared several videos on Instagram that showed her struggling with dismounts on the uneven bars. Also, she answered questions about twisties. One of the videos showed her landing on her back after attempting a one-and-a-half twist during the dismount.
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