World-renowned gymnast and four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles withdrew from the women's gymnastics team finals last week over mental health concerns.
Here's everything you need to know about Biles' decision:
- Biles withdrew midway through the women's team finals after leaving the field to be attended to by the trainer. After visiting a trainer, Biles returned to the arena, but did not warm up for uneven bars. Instead, 20-year-old Jordan Chiles took Biles' place.
- From the sidelines, Biles supported her teammates — chatting with them and cheering after each routine. Biles was a lively presence, jumping up and down in support of her teammates.
- When asked what she told the rest of the team when she withdrew, Biles said she told them, "you have done all the training, you can do this without me, and it will be just fine."
- Team USA took silver in the women's team finals, settling with a score of 166.096. The Russian Olympic Committee edged out Team USA to win gold with a score of 169.528.
- According to Biles, she was "proud" of her teammates. "For me, I’m proud for how the girls stepped up and did what they had to do. I owe this to the girls, it has nothing to do with me. I am very proud of them," she said.
- In an Instagram post, Biles said she was "inspired" by Team USA's performance in the finals. The gymnast wrote, "I’m SO proud of these girls right here. You girls are incredibly brave & talented! I’ll forever be inspired by your determination to not give up and to fight through adversity! They stepped up when I couldn’t. thanks for being there for me and having my back! forever love y’all."
- Biles broke down in tears as she addressed the media following the competition. “Whenever you get in a high stress situation you kind of freak out," she said. “I have to focus on my mental health and not jeopardize my health and wellbeing."
- Biles also said those competing are "not just athletes, we’re people at the end of the day."
- As Biles began to prepare for the team finals, she took to social media to describe the pressure she faces as a world-renowned gymnast. In an Instagram post, Biles said competing often leaves her feeling as if she has "the weight of the world on my shoulders." Biles said she tries to "brush it off and make it seem like the pressure doesn't affect me," but described the Olympics as "no joke."