Simone Biles, an American athlete and four-time Olympic gold medalist, withdrew from Thursday’s final in Tokyo.
Simone Biles, America’s most successful gymnast, said she should focus on her mental health after coming out of the women’s team final on Tuesday.
The head of the American Olympic team and other athletes praised Biles’ decision to prioritize his mental health.
The 24-year-old has reached all five finals in Tokyo.
He was expected to defend his all-encompassing title on Thursday ahead of the Eult Vultures and unequal barriers on Sunday, August 1, down on Monday, August 2 and at the beam on Tuesday, August 3.
The USA gym said: “Simone will continue with daily tests to determine whether or not to participate in the finals of next week’s event.
“We wholeheartedly support Simone’s decision and applaud her for putting her life first. Her courage shows, too, why she is such an example to many.”
Biles scored his lowest Olympic points in the playoffs before withdrawing from the team finals.
He left the stadium but returned to support his teammates as the defending champions claimed they had money behind the Russian Olympic committee.
The team’s silver in Tokyo was Biles’ sixth Olympic medal and took him to Olympic and World Championships to 30.
After that, Biles said: “After the play I did, I didn’t want to continue. I have to focus on my mental health. I think mental health has become more prevalent in sports right now.
“We must protect our minds and bodies and not just go out and do what the world wants.
“I don’t trust myself anymore. Maybe it’s getting old. There were a few days when everyone touched you and you felt the weight of the world.
“We’re not just athletes. We’re human beings at the end of the day and sometimes you have to step back.”
Sarah Hirshland, chief executive of the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee, said Biles “made us very proud,” adding: “We applaud your decision to prioritize your mental strength above all else and provide you with the full support and resources of our USA Team as a community. you wander about in your journey. “
Several athletes praised Biles, including Jamaican gymnastics trainer Danusia Francis who said: “I don’t know about you but I think Simone Biles just gave everyone the power to put her mental well-being above everything else. What a queen she is. GOATS in more than one way.”
‘Simone Biles returned and cheered her team-mates – that is a champion’
Speaking to the BBC Olympics Breakfast Breakfast about Simone Biles and mental health in sports, recipient of the 2016 gold hockey medal Sam Quek said: “Watching it go on yesterday I was getting more and more frustrated.
“I could see the headlines saying he was weak, he wasn’t strong enough to deal with the pressure. In social media, people accused him of using it as an excuse to get out because he also didn’t play perfect Nonsense.
“He said he was not in a good mood to think that he would do well enough and that he could injure himself. Every athlete knows that if he gets into trouble, he will cause himself injuries, nothing more than exercise.
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“Most importantly, he laid the foundation for so many athletes and so many people around the world to say” you know, the amount of pressure, the amount of eyes on me at this moment in time, something I do not feel.
“For people who accused him of not being a team player and that he wanted to focus on someone – in my mind, he could not be a team player.
“Simone could have been hiding in the back. He could have been in the changing rooms and left the world guessing about it, but he didn’t.
Former Olympic champion teammate Chris Mears said: “I understand this. He feels like he has the weight of the world on his shoulders.
“You feel like you’ve failed and you probably feel very confused and don’t know what’s up or down. You have to applaud it.
“After winning gold in Rio, it was amazing. It was like all your worst dreams came true. Then I fell to the ground. I didn’t know how to process it. No one teaches you how to become an Olympic champion.”