Simone Biles said her astonishing withdrawal from the Olympic women’s gymnastics team competition on Tuesday was not due to a physical injury, although emotionally it was clear that the pressure from the Olympics had so far taken a toll on them. ravages.
“Physically, I feel good, I’m in good shape,” she told Hoda Kotb exclusively on TODAY. “Emotionally, this stuff varies from time to time. Coming here to the Olympics and being the star is no easy feat, so we’re just trying to take it one day at a time and we’ll see. ”
Biles also said she was not sure whether to enter Thursday’s all-around, where she is the defending champion.
“We’re going to take it day to day, and we’re just going to see,” she said.
She also retweeted un tweet the Hoda calls it “a class act”.
“Someone said it best. @Simone_Biles already won. She is a class act, ”Hoda wrote. “Withdrew from the team competition after the jump… stayed and cheered on her teammates… gave them chalk for their hands… encouraged… hugged them. She has already won. Congratulations on the silver medal! “
Biles said TODAY that her teammates were “panicking” the moment they heard she was stepping down, but she encouraged them to stay calm and fight back.
“They were like crying, and I was like, ‘You need to relax, you’ll be fine without me. Go ahead, kick yourself like you did in practice, and lay it on the floor and see what happens, ”Biles said.
USA Gymnastics said earlier Tuesday that Biles’ withdrawal was due to “a medical issue”, and added that the 24-year-old star “will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.”
Biles left the ground with a trainer after participating in a spin on the jump, where she tripped on the landing.
Her teammate Jordan Chiles replaced the uneven bars and balance beam, and Biles eventually returned to the arena wearing a tracksuit and cheered her teammates on the sidelines.
“Honestly at that point I knew I had to put my feet in his shoes and show the world that no matter what, we can all take the place of someone who’s that awesome,” Chiles said. to Hoda about replacing Biles.
“I’m just really proud of the three of us because we really took the lead when we needed it, and I probably wouldn’t have done it any other way,” added teammate Suni Lee. “It’s really hard to lose a teammate, especially someone so incredible. “
The United States team rallied in Biles’ absence, winning silver behind the Russian Olympic Committee, which beat the Americans by 3,432 points. It was the US team’s first loss in a global team competition since 2010. Great Britain won the bronze medal.
“I’m fine, just super frustrated with the way the night went, but super proud of these girls who stepped up and did what they had to do and now we are Olympic silver medalists so c ‘is something we will cherish forever,’ said Biles. “We hope America still loves us. “
Her teammate Grace McCallum said the team “got stronger and showed people what we are made of”.
“I just knew we had to have a really good day and we all did it,” McCallum said.
Biles’ withdrawal followed unusual struggles in Sunday’s qualifying rounds for the most decorated female gymnast of all time.
“It wasn’t an easy day or my best, but I got through it,” Biles wrote on Instagram after the qualifying round. “I really feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders sometimes. I know I erase it and make it feel like the pressure isn’t affecting me but damn sometimes it’s hard hahaha! The Olympics are no joke! BUT I’m glad my family got to be with me virtually, they represent the world to me! “