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Simone Biles Withdraws From Individual All-Around Competition

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Simone Biles has made headlines over the past 24 hours after she withdrew herself from the women’s gymnastics team finals of the Olympics in Tokyo. The U.S. athlete made her decision after faltering in the middle of the vault competition, and many criticized her for quitting on her team.

Biles’ reason for removing herself was mental and not physical, so some presumed that she would still participate in the individual all-around competition. Apparently, that will not be the case.

Here is the statement made by USA Gymnastics on Tuesday night:

“After further medical evaluation, Simone Biles has withdrawn from the final individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games. 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.”

As the statement points out, Biles could still participate in next week’s individual event finals.

If you want to hear OutKick founder Clay Travis’ thoughts on Biles, check them out below. Spoiler alert: he does not hold back.


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Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.

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  1. Homer Simpson is a better role model.

    “If you don’t like your job, you don’t strike (or quit) You just go in every day, and do it really half assed. That’s the American way.”

    Teaching kids that it’s ok to quit if something is hard or stressful is not being a role model. It’s showing that once you are rich, you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to. Well, except get vaccinated & wear a fucking mask to “protect” those who aren’t willing to accept any personal responsibility (or to try and guilt those who are into getting a shot they don’t want).

  2. I’m done with this. It is a 72 hour story at best. If there is any significance, it is between Biles and her teammates. Her teammates obviously mean nothing to her, but then again they are cut from the same fabric. Maybe they hate her, maybe they love her, maybe they don’t care. Do these people, these “role models”, these world class athletes have anything at all positive to offer me? Not so much. The elites athletes and snob politicians represent only themselves, their next job, their next endorsement. It is all about channeling all their energy, all their time into themselves. They do not represent me or America. Let them go their way, I will go mine. The company I keep is far superior to the company of these attention seeking ego maniacs. America Matters.

  3. Remember when Jessie Owens quit the Berlin Olympics ? Remember when Arthur Ashe quit Wimbledon? Remember when MLK quit the civil rights movement? Neither do I. Biles wasn’t going to win gold so she took her ball and went home.

  4. Bravery has a new meaning in the US. Remember when bravery was fighting through pain, illness or injury and still competing? Overcoming adversity is bravery. No way does she quit if she competed for China or Russia. The US has became soft and all the apologists do young people no favors.

    If so many young people suffer from mental illness, maybe the solution is to get off social media, interact with people the way we were intended to – in person, and stop enabling mental midgets with their safe spaces.

  5. Gentlemen, I chose not to go to work today because I needed a mental day…… role model.
    I’ll probably go to the movies, a bar and then to the driving range. I’m waiting on Nike’s call to provide me with millions for being a role model.

  6. Is there a growing trend here … obviously with Naomi Osaki but hows about with all the “Opt Outs” for playing in bowl games ???

    FWIW … I could not care less about The Olympics. They are maybe one notch above the WNBA on my Give A Damn List.

  7. Remember when they turned the boats around a mile from Normandy? Or when the Marines decided Mt. Suribachi was too steep to make it to the top? Hell no!
    How can you be the so called Goat of your sport and quit?

  8. She fell on the vault and wasn’t having her usually dominant Olympics. She quit and gave the “Osaka Excuse” rather than losing and have to face the media. Quitting isn’t courageous, fighting through adversity is…even if you don’t win. As the leader of the squad, she set the worst example possible. Yet, the media and wokies are no setting the standard for anyone to quit and get more praise than had the fought through it and won. Sad.

    • Exactly and the go to excuse will be “mental health issues”. It’s the 21st century “stomach hurts” don’t want to go to school excuse, except now mommy and daddy tell everyone how brave you are for lying er admitting you have mental health issues instead of saying get your ass out of bed and go to school.

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