Simone Biles withdraws from individual all-around competition to focus on mental health

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By , Audacy Sports

After deciding to withdraw from the team competition final at the Tokyo Olympics, USA Gymnastics great Simone Biles has decided to additionally take herself out of the final individual all-around competition.

USA Gymnastics released a statement regarding her decision, showing support for her after she made the difficult, courageous decision to take a break from competing while she looks to focus on her mental well-being

Biles, 24, cited stress and emotional pressure in her decision to withdraw from the team final prior to her withdrawal from the individual all-around competition, explaining that though she felt okay physically and wasn't dealing with an injury, she wasn't all there in the mental game.

"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 Tuesday's 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."