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Our hearts are going out to Simone Biles this morning, as it’s just been announced that the 24-year-old gymnast has had to withdraw from the women’s team final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics because of an undisclosed medical issue.
She has been replaced by 20-year-old Team USA reserve, Jordan Chiles.
Although USA Gymnastics released an official statement about Simone’s withdrawal from the competition, it didn’t go into any further detail about her medical issue.
“Simone has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue,” read the statement issued by USA Gymnastics.
“She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.”
The five-time Olympic-medalist briefly left the competition floor after her first event – the vault – and returned with her foot strapped up.
In May earlier this year, she revealed that she was dealing with an ankle injury on her Facebook Watch series, Simone vs. Herself, so we think there may be some sort of connection. However, this is currently just speculation as nothing has been officially confirmed…
This must be a devastating blow to the young athlete – who holds an impressive four Olympic gold medals, as well as one bronze medal – as she spoke so candidly about the immense pressure she faced at the Olympics…
“I truly do feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders at times,” she wrote on Instagram at the start of the competition.
“I know I brush it off and make it seem like pressure doesn’t affect me but damn sometimes it’s hard hahaha! The Olympics is no joke!”
We wish Simone Biles a super-speedy recovery!