Simone Biles explains reasoning behind her withdrawal from Olympic team final

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By , Audacy Sports

The USA Gymnastics team finished the team final at the Tokyo Olympics without their brightest star.

According to the USA Gymnastics official Twitter account, Biles withdrew from the team final competition due to a medical issue, which she appeared to sustain after landing a vault—one which she did not complete as intended—and exiting the gym floor.

Later that day, Biles joined Hoda Kotb on NBC's Today Show and elaborated on her sudden departure, downplaying her injuries.

"Physically, I feel good," Biles told Kotb. "Emotionally, that kind of varies on the time and moment. Coming here to the Olympics and being the 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 admitted the stress of being the face of Team USA has weighed on her emotionally and that she didn't want her mental state to take away from the team's success.

"I felt like it would be better to take a back seat ... I didn't want to risk the team a medal because they worked way too hard for my screw ups," Biles said after the event (via ESPN's Michele Steele). "It's been really stressful this Olympic games ... it's been a long week, a long Olympic process, a long year."

As noted above, the team wound up winning the silver medal, with the Russian Olympic Committee capturing gold.

Biles posted a captioned image on her Instagram Monday, beginning with an acknowledgment that the prelims were over and the finals were coming up. Then, she launched into a deeper, personal message:

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. 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!

As ESPN noted, though she withdrew from the team final, it's unclear if Biles plans to participate in the all-around final Thursday night or the event finals later in the competition. A four-time Olympic gold medalist (all of her medals were earned at the previous Summer Games in Rio), Biles struggled out of the gate but still qualified for every individual final in Tokyo.

"I'm okay, just dealing with things internally that will get fixed out within the next couple of days," Biles said.

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