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Citing mental health, Simone Biles withdraws from all-around

"We have to protect our mind and our body rather than just go out there and do what the world wants us to do,    Simone Biles says.

Olympics Gymnastics July 25
“We have to protect our mind and our body rather than just go out there and do what the world wants us to do, Simone Biles says. Olympics Gymnastics July 25

Simone Biles withdrew from the individual all-around gymnastics competition at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday, citing her mental health.

A day earlier, Biles pulled out of the team competition for the same reason, and her U.S. teammates wound up claiming the silver medal.

USA Gymnastics issued a statement Wednesday that read, “After further medical evaluation, Simone Biles has withdrawn from the final individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games, in order to focus on her mental health. 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.”

Biles, 24, won four gold medals, including the individual all-around, at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

–Field Level Media