Jade Carey, who had the ninth best score in qualifying, will replace Biles in the all-around final. Lee, of St. Paul., Minn., Will be the other all-around gymnast for the US team. It is not clear if Biles will compete in any of the individual apparatus finals.
In the days leading up to the Olympics, Biles had struggled with a few skills and was trying to overcome a mental block that kept him from performing his routines easily. This mental block is not uncommon in gymnastics, said Jess Graba, Lee’s coach, but it usually happens in training, not in a competition.
“I think a lot of people don’t realize it’s a mental sport,” Graba said in a telephone interview on Wednesday, explaining that mental blocks take a while before a gymnast can start to get enough. confidence to perform it. skills again.
Regarding Lee’s experience with these mental blocks, he added, “If you’ve got a week or two to get ready, you could probably get her back to what she needed to do. “
In Biles’ case at these Games, however, she didn’t have two weeks to spare.