Biles, the face of not only gymnastics but perhaps of the entire Summer Games, performed a vault and walked off the floor.
USA Gymnastics said she had pulled out of the competition “due to a medical issue” and will be assessed daily. Biles later cited “mental health” concerns.
“We hope this isn’t the last we’ve seen of one of the world’s best gymnasts,” the Tokyo Olympics’ Twitter account wrote ominously.
“I feel sick to my stomach; it’s horrible,” former Olympic teammate Aly Raisman told “Today.” “I’m obviously praying that she’ll be able to compete in the all-around final.”
Crushed fans and some celebs chimed in as well.
Hear this over and over again…best time of career isn’t necessarily pinnacle of accomplishment. It’s the break from maintaining their profile, their expectation to succeed.
This is Simone Biles in the New York Times story. pic.twitter.com/tRExyo3Vup
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 27, 2021
We often talk about what is self-care and what does it look like throughout our lives. I love that even on the grandest of stages, Naomi Osaka and Simone Biles, are able to say-
I need rest. I need to heal. I’ll be back. pic.twitter.com/9evEuPMeuA
— kalamarose 🌺 (@kalamarose1) July 27, 2021
Simone Biles is still the GOAT.
— Ellen L. Weintraub (@EllenLWeintraub) July 27, 2021
Official statement: “Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue.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
#SimoneBiles was carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders. The media couldn’t even mention the USOT without including her name. Way too much pressure to be able to fully enjoy the experience. @Simone_Biles you are STILL the GOAT! Feel better soon champion!!! 🤸🏿♂️💪🏽🥇
— LaGina M. Burton (@LaGinaMB) July 27, 2021
Simone Biles is still better than you at gymnastics on her worst day.
— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) July 27, 2021
Greatest athlete on the planet – that’s alotta pressure @cnnbrk A young woman living her dream at the Olympics. @Simone_Biles live your moment honey and have fun where you’re at. Pressure and fear of failure can be crippling. #USAGymnastics #usa
— M.A.C.S 🇨🇦 (@MACS__ca) July 27, 2021
Damn Simone biles went out saddd…. Hell of a performer though. Great career.
— Bean Sr (@jprout7) July 27, 2021