Simone Biles shared videos on Instagram about the impact of “twisties” on her air awareness while performing twist techniques.
Sandy Hooper, USA TODAY
TOKYO – Simone Biles will skip the finals of the event for vault and uneven bars, still not ready to compete again after losing sense of where she is in the air.
“Today, after further consultation with medical staff, Simone Biles has decided to withdraw from the event finals for vault and uneven bars. She will continue to be assessed daily to determine if she will compete in the finals for the floor exercise and balance beam. USA Gymnastics said in a statement on Saturday morning. “We remain impressed by Simone, who continues to handle this situation with courage and grace, and by all the athletes who mobilized in these unexpected circumstances. “
Biles will be replaced in the vault final by fellow American MyKayla Skinner. Skinner was fourth in vault in qualifying, but Jade Carey and Biles beat him and countries are limited to two gymnasts per final.
Biles’ place in the uneven bars final will be taken by the first reserve, which is currently France’s Melanie de Jesus dos Santos.
Biles came to Tokyo as the biggest star of these Olympics, and is expected to win a record five gold medals. She withdrew from team competition on Tuesday after an event, saying mental health issues were evident in “the turns,” a loss of air consciousness.
Biles had attempted an Amanar, one of the most difficult jumps done by women but second nature to Biles. But she fell out of the air in a short turn and barely managed to get up. In her Instagram story on Friday, Biles said she was still going through the ‘twisties’ but, unlike her previous experience with them, they were now affecting her on all four events rather than on the jump and the floor.
Biles deleted the videos about an hour after they were posted, though she later reposted the accompanying text.
“I don’t think you realize how dangerous it is on a hard / competition court,” Biles wrote.