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Simone Biles will not compete in gymnastics all-around final at Tokyo Olympics

  • July 28, 2021

Simone Biles will not compete in the Olympic all-around.

Jade Carey will replace Biles in the competition on Thursday, USA Gymnastics said in a statement. Biles’ withdrawal from the all-around, where she is the defending Olympic gold medalist, comes a day after she pulled out of the team final after one event on Tuesday.

USA Gymnastics said Biles will not compete so she can focus on her mental health and would continue to be evaluated to determine whether or not she would compete in event finals next week.

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The U.S. won the silver medal, the first time since the 2010 world championships that they failed to win gold at a worlds or an Olympics.

Biles qualified for all four event finals, and would be favored to win gold on three of them. Vault, where she is the reigning Olympic and world champion, and uneven bars are Sunday. Floor, where she is also the reigning Olympic and world champion and has two skills named after her, are Monday. Balance beam, where she is the world champion and the 2016 bronze medalist, is Tuesday.

Biles has been increasingly open about her struggles with mental health. She has said she, too, was sexually abused by Larry Nassar, and continues to deal with the trauma from that. She also has expressed discomfort with being the biggest star of the Tokyo Olympics now that Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt are retired.

“I’m also not having as much fun,” Biles said, beginning to cry. “This Olympic Games, I wanted it to be for myself. I came in and felt I was still doing it for other people. So that just hurts my heart that doing what I love has been kind of taken away from me, to please other people.”

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