Simone Biles came out on top in the women’s gymnasium at the Toyko Olympics on Wednesday, citing her mental health.
Biles, America’s most decorated gymnast, too exited the team final on Tuesday due to mental health after suffering at the beginning of the room.
Biles took first place in every round event and was very popular to take several gold medals at the Olympics.
But Wednesday, USA Gymnastics he announced that Biles also gave up public competition “to focus more on his health.”
“We wholeheartedly support Simone’s decision and appreciate his courage in putting his life first,” USA Gymnastics said in a statement. “His courage also shows why he is a role model for many.”
The news of Biles’ departure follows a major change that took place at the end of the team on Tuesday, prompting the 24-year-old to exit the midfield after the first round.
Biles was close to finishing all four Team USA appearances last season, but he seemed to be shaken as he headed for the reserve, which is often one of his best performances. Apparently with a bell at the last minute, he did 1.5 twists instead of 2.5, and settled down with a lot of improvement. The Vault scored 13,766, a sharp decline from its average of 16.050 on the same level at previous Olympics, as well as a slight drop in rotation.
Biles then left the race, returned to the side of the race, and helped his teammates to win a silver medal.
He later told reporters he was not feeling well in the game, and returned because he “did not want to put the team at risk because of my difficulties because he worked so hard.”
“I just felt like I was shaking, I couldn’t sleep,” Biles said. “I never felt like this and I was going to compete.”
Just one day before the final whistle for the team, Biles did told his followers on Instagram that he felt the “weight of the world” on his shoulders.
Biles “will continue to be tested daily,” says USA Gymnastics, to see if he can compete in a special event next week.