Simone Biles unexpectedly withdrew from the Olympics women’s team gymnastics event after a “medical issue” today, according to a statement from USA Gymnastics. Team USA then fell to the Russian Olympic Committee, earning a silver medal in the competition.
On Sunday, as Biles began to prepare for the team finals, she took to social media to describe the pressure she faces as a world-renowned gymnast.
In an Instagram post on Sunday, Biles said competing often leaves her feeling as if she has “the weight of the world on my shoulders.”
Biles said she tries to “brush it off and make it seem like the pressure doesn’t affect me” and described the Olympics as “no joke.”
In the post from Sunday, Biles wrote, “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!”
The severity and exact nature of Biles’ medical issue remains unknown. However, Biles was spotted in good spirits as she cheered on her teammates in the final rounds of the team gymnastics finals.
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