July 27 was a shocking day for the U.S. women’s gymnastics team final.
The unexpected and unfortunate news came after she performed on the vault, but suffered an accident mid-routine.
According to NBC, the four-time gold medalist competed in her first rotation on vault on Tuesday, July 27. However, after landing, Biles was spotted walking off of the competition floor with a trainer.
Her teammate, Jordan Chiles, filled in for her on the uneven bars. Biles later returned to the arena wearing warmups and showed support for her team.
.@Simone_Biles qualifies for all four event finals. Plus, she’ll compete in the all-around and team finals.
— Team USA (@TeamUSA) July 25, 2021
“Simone has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue,” USA Gymnastics said in a statement on Tuesday. “She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.”
However, there was a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel. The U.S. women’s gymnastics team won silver, Great Britain took home bronze and Russia scored the gold medal.
— Team USA (@TeamUSA) July 27, 2021
News of Biles’ withdrawal comes one day after she expressed the pressure she experienced after prelims.
In an Instagram post on Monday, July 26, Biles broke down how the prelims affected her.
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“It wasn’t an easy day or my best but I got through it. I truly do feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders at times,” she said. “I know I brush it off and make it seem like pressure doesn’t affect me but damn sometimes it’s hard hahaha! The olympics is no joke! BUT I’m happy my family was able to be with me virtually🤍 they mean the world to me!”
Many of her famous fans showed their support for her in the comments section of her post.
Comedian Amy Schumer wrote, “I love you!”
Bachelorette alum Colton Underwood sent this sentiment, “❤️❤️❤️ you got this,” while Gabi Butler commented, “You are so beautiful, talented and amazing ❤️ so so proud of you! 🙏🏽 you ARE the GOAT 🐐.”
Even after news of her withdrawal hit the media, people continued to show their support and stand with the gold medalist!
“TODAY” show host Hoda Kotb tweeted, “Someone said it best. @Simone_Biles already won. She is a class act. Withdrew from team competion after vault… stayed and cheered on her teammates… got them chalk for their hands.. encouraged.. hugged them. She already won. Congrats on the silver medal!”
Kathy Griffin showed her support writing, “The best of America, Simone Biles and the worst of America, the trump Jan 6 violent terrorists, on display today.”
Biles has exited the team competition; however, she is still set to compete in the individual all-around competition on Thursday, July 29.
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