TOKYO – Simone Biles withdrew from the individual finals on Sunday on the vaulting and uneven bars at the Summer Olympics.
“Today, after further consultation with medical staff, Simone Biles decided to withdraw from the jumping and uneven bars event finals,” USAG said in a statement. “She will continue to be judged daily to determine if she should compete in the floor exercise and balance beam finals.”
Biles, 24, pulled out of the team final on Tuesday after her first jump and later told the media that she no longer trusts herself. She then skipped Thursday’s all-around final to focus on her mental health.
In a series of posts and videos on her Instagram story on Friday, Biles stated that she was still dealing with the “Twisties” and said her “mind and body are just out of sync”. Twisties is a term used by gymnasts when they feel like they are getting lost in midair, which can cause serious injury when exercising in midair.
One video shows Biles trying a 1½ turn and landing on her back.
“I don’t think you realize how dangerous this is on a hard / competitive surface,” she wrote in a caption.
Biles will be replaced in the Vault by MyKayla Skinner, who had the fourth highest score in the Vault during qualification but was not eligible for the event due to the two-per-country rule. Skinner joins Jade Carey as an American in this final.
Sunisa Lee, who took gold in the all-round event on Thursday, will be the only compatriot in the bars final as no other American had a sufficiently good qualifying result. The French Melanie de Jesus dos Santos replaces Biles on the parallel bars.
Biles was considered one of the faces of the Tokyo Olympics and a favorite for the all-around title as well as a favorite for jump, floor and beam. At the 2016 Games, she won five medals, including four gold medals. She had qualified for all four event finals and had the best total number of points in qualifying on Sunday.
Biles was seen cheering on Lee and Carey from the stands during the all-around final.
“We remain in awe of Simone, who continues to handle this situation with courage and grace, and all athletes who have stepped up under these unexpected circumstances,” USAG said in the statement.
The floor final is planned for Monday, the beam final on Tuesday.