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Simone Biles is an important piece in Team USA’s quest to land its third consecutive gold medal in women’s gymnastics. She’s one of the country’s top athletes and has constantly been put on display time and time again.
Unfortunately, the United States will be without her for team finals due to an apparent injury. Here is the official statement released by the Twitter account of the USA Gymnastics squad:
“Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue. She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.”
Official statement: "Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue. She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions."
Thinking of you, Simone! pic.twitter.com/QA1GYHwWTv
— USA Gymnastics (@USAGym) July 27, 2021
Biles was removed from competition on Tuesday after an awkward, low-scoring attempt on the vault, according to Dan Wetzel with Yahoo Sports. She suffered an awkward landing and was in tears as she left the mat. She soon returned, which led many to believe that she would continue.
Instead, she is now done.
One part of Wetzel’s piece that stands out is a report from NBC issued immediately after Biles left the first time:
She did not appear to suffer any obvious physical injury during her attempt. NBC reported that she was dealing with a “mental issue” not a physical one.
That report made sense at the time because she had just briefly returned with wrists wrapped, ready for the uneven bars. It’s also possible she had sustained an injury that wasn’t apparent to spectators, and Biles didn’t trust that she could continue.
Either way, it’s a big blow to the U.S.
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