Is the queen falling from her throne? The four-time Olympic champion in Rio must forfeit the individual all-around competition of which she was the immense favorite. “After a medical evaluation, Simone Biles must withdraw from the all-around competition for the Tokyo Olympics to focus on her mental health,” announced the American Gymnastics Federation.
An announcement that follows that of his withdrawal yesterday from the team event. The real reasons had been revealed a few hours later, by the voice of the 24-year-old gymnast. Biles explained that she has to deal with her “old demons” and not trust her so much. That she also felt a strong psychological pressure. “I don’t know if it’s a question of age. I am a little more nervous when I do my sport. I feel like I’m not having as much fun as I used to. “
What about the rest of the competition?
Is it still possible that the American superstar will participate in the last four events in which she is involved? Nothing is certain according to the press release from the American federation: “Simone Biles will continue to assess, day after day, if she can participate in the aftermath of the Olympic competitions. “
The federation immediately took the side of its gymnast. More support for the American who already receives a lot of messages on social networks. “We strongly support Simone Biles’ decision, and applaud the priority given to her well-being. Her courage shows, once again, that she can be a model for many, ”recalls the press release. Getting back to competition and an Olympic medal would be the greatest reward.