Simone Biles performed just one vault during the U.S. women’s gymnastics final before she exited the floor. After getting her right foot wrapped, the star U.S. gymnast and gold-medal favorite returned to the floor wearing a white Team USA jacket.
Biles, who won Olympic gold on the vault in 2016, scored an uncharacteristic 13.766, the second-worst score of all the competitors on vault in the team finals. By comparison, she scored 15.182 on vault during all-around qualifiers in Tokyo two days earlier.
Jordan Chiles took her place on the uneven bars. Shortly thereafter, it was reported that Biles would miss the remainder of the competition.
What happened to Simone Biles?
In the immediate aftermath Biles’ withdrawal, NBC commentator John Roethlisberger noted it was due to a “mental issue.” In a separate statement, Team USA gymnastics announced that Biles had withdrawn from the competition due to a “medical issue.”
Via @USAGym: “Simone has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue. She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.”
— Michele Steele (@MicheleSteele) July 27, 2021
“We’ve just been told that, with regards to Simone withdrawing, it is not injury-related. It is a mental issue that Simone is having.” — John Roethlisberger
— Uncle Tim (@uncletimmensgym) July 27, 2021
That meant Biles would not be available to help Team USA capture gold in the team finals and brought her status for the rest of the individual event finals into question. She was expected to compete for six gold medals at the 2021 Olympics, including a defense of her 2016 all-around title at the Rio Olympics. Team USA settled for the silver medal with the Russian Olympic Committee winning gold in Biles’ absence.
It’s unclear what Biles’ injury is at this point, but she detailed back in May that she has dealt with a nagging foot injury on an episode of “Simone vs. Herself.”