Simone Biles’ future participation in the Tokyo Olympics looks even murkier after USA Gymnastics confirmed she will not be competing in the vault or uneven bars finals.
“After further consultations with medical staff, Simone Biles has decided to withdraw from the event finals for vault and uneven bars,” USA Gymnastics said in a statement released Saturday morning in Tokyo. “She will continue to be assessed on a daily basis to determine if she should compete in the finals for the floor exercises and the balance beam. “
Biles had previously withdrawn from the women’s team final and the all-around due to mental health issues. In an Instagram story on Friday, she gave more details about a mental block that kept her from competing in her second Olympics. One video showed her trying and failing to land uneven bars.
“For anyone who says I quit, I haven’t quit, my mind and body just aren’t in sync as you can see here,” she wrote. “I don’t think you realize how dangerous it is on a hard / competition court. I also don’t have to explain why I prioritize health. Physical health is mental health.
She said she had suffered from similar issues in the past, but never in serious competition. On Friday, she said there was no specific time frame for the issues to be resolved. She said that on occasion it took weeks to get back to normal, but it’s “something that you have to take literally day in and day out, in turn. I literally can’t see the top from the bottom. It’s the craziest feeling, not having an inch of control over your body. What’s even scarier is that I have no idea where I am in the air, I have no idea how I’m going to land or what I’m going to land on – head / hands / feet in back.
Biles had qualified for all four event finals – uneven bars, vault, floor and beam – but it remains to be seen if she can add to the four Olympic gold medals she won at the Rio Games in 2016.