Simone Biles Withdraws From Individual All-Around Gymnastics Final

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL 08.04.2016: Simone Biles at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games artistic gymnastics. Athlete of team USA performs a training session prior to the medal competition. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Simone Biles will not compete in Thursday’s women’s individual all-around gymnastics final at the Tokyo Olympics, according to USA Gymnastics.

“After further medical evaluation, Simone Biles has withdrawn from the final individual all-around competition,” USA Gymnastics said in a statement Wednesday. “We wholeheartedly support Simone’s decision and applaud her bravery in prioritizing her well-being. Her courage shows, yet again, why she is a role model for so many.”

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The announcement came a day after Biles stumbled on the vault and pulled out of Tuesday’s team final, citing concerns about her mental health.

“Physically, I feel good, I’m in shape,” Biles told Today’s Hoda Kotb about her decision. “Emotionally, that kind of varies on the time and moment. Coming to the Olympics and being head star isn’t an easy feat, so we’re just trying to take it one day at a time and we’ll see.”

Biles, 24, is the most decorated gymnast in the world. She won the all-around title at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games and entered the Tokyo Olympics as frontrunner.

But on Tuesday she told reporters, “There’s still more to life than gymnastics, so I’m not too, too worried about what happened. So I’m just tying to gear up for the next couple of days ahead.”

Jade Carey, who had the ninth highest score in the qualifications, will replace Biles in the all-around final.

No decision has been announced yet on whether Biles, who qualified in all four events, will compete in next week’s individual finals.