Simone Biles, the most successful American gymnast of all time, announced that she has withdrawn from the individual finals to be held on Thursday as part of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Biles, who won four gold medals, also withdrew from the women’s team final on Tuesday, expressing that she wanted to focus on mental health.
The U.S. Olympic team president and her teammates expressed their support for Biles for her decision to prioritize mental health.
The 24-year-old athlete made it to the finals in five categories in Tokyo.
“Simone will undergo daily evaluation to determine whether she will qualify for next week’s individual finals,” the USA Gymnastics Federation said in a statement. Said.
“We sincerely support Simone’s decision and applaud her courage to put her health first. This courage shows once again why she is a role model for so many,” the statement said.
Biles, who recorded the lowest score before withdrawing from the team final on Tuesday, said: “After this performance I did not want to continue. I need to focus on my mental health. Mental health in sports has become much more common now.”
“I’m not as sure as I used to be. Maybe it’s about getting older. Some days everybody tweets and you feel the weight of the world on you. We’re not just athletes. We’re human after all, and sometimes you have to take a step back,” Biles said.
Sarah Hirshland, chair of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, said Biles was “a source of pride” and said, “We applaud your decision to prioritize mental health and offer our full support as the U.S. team on your way.”
Many athletes also expressed their support for Biles’ decision to withdraw.
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Chiles’ mother Gina is set to serve a year and one day in prison for fraud charges, but had her sentence delayed after a compassionate plea so she could watch her daughter compete at the games.
Gina Chiles ran a real estate agency, Vision Propery Management LLC, which defrauded clients between 2014 and 2016 through fictitious business proposals. She used the embezzled funds for her own personal use, which totalled over one million dollars.