Udisha Srivastav: Simone Biles Withdraws From Floor Exercise: Tokyo Olympics 2020

The entire world was surprised by Simone Biles’s decision to withdraw from the Olympic team finals citing mental health problems. She has since withdrawn from all the other games that she qualified for, except the game beam. Her decision about participating in the beam is still pending.

The final decision of Simone Biles’ to withdraw from the women’s team final has spurred remarks and analysis around the public, encompassing much applause for Biles’ preference to prioritize her mental fitness.

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The Unexpected Withdrawal 

“Simone has withdrawn from the event final for floor and will make a decision later this week on beam,” USA Gymnastics said in a message on Twitter.

“Either way, we’re all behind you, Simone.”

Simone Biles: The Historic Women Olympian

The 24-year-old Biles had been foreseen to be one of the great stars at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as she gained six gold medals that would have made her the great victorious woman Olympian of all-time across every game.

However, later she decided to not uphold her Olympic all-around record that was achieved by U.S. teammate Sunisa Lee. Her conclusion to drop out of three more finals implies she won’t uphold either of the other Gold medals she gained in Rio, on vault and floor game.

She earned a bronze medal in the beam at Rio, the only game she is still entered for in Tokyo.

Although, Biles has talked with frankness about her verdict explaining she was required to contemplate both her mental and physical health as she struggled with the “twisties” episodes of disorientation during some of her gravity-defying skills.

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The Final Decision To Withdraw

“It’s honestly petrifying trying to do a skill but not having your mind & body in sync”, Biles posted on her social media and also remarked that while often she only endured from the “twisties” on floor and vault, they were now knocking her on everything.

“It’s never transferred to bars & beams before for me, it strictly likes floor and vault. Go figure, the scariest two.”

“But this time it’s on literally every event. Which sucks… really bad.”

She also added that it had normally taken around two weeks to get things to normal when she underwent them before. However, this time she would wait and see.

“Something you have to take literally day by day, turn by turn,” she posted.

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Her Overall Health Status

Simone thankfully said that she had no injury. She decided to pull out because she didn’t want to do something silly out there and get hurt.

It’s been really difficult for her, this Olympic Games. According to her, it’s been a long week, and it’s been a lengthy Olympic process. Also, it’s taken a long year to process. So, she was just a little bit stressed and anxious. 

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Outpouring Mental Supports From The Entire World

Although Simon Biles’s decision to withdraw from the Olympics disappointed most Olympic fans, she has been receiving an outpouring of support from the whole world including the former First Lady Michelle Obama to Olympic president Thomas Bach applauding her courage.

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Udisha Srivastav is a Freelance Content Writer with Femsay.com