Simon Byles cited her mental health on Wednesday as she withdrew from the gymnastics finals in the women’s personal surroundings at the Toyota Olympics.
Byles, America’s most equipped gymnast, also bowed his head from the team finals due to mental health after struggling in the vault on Tuesday.
Byles qualified in first place for the individual surround event and was a favorite to win multiple gold medals at the Olympics.
But on Wednesday, USA Gymnastics Announced That Biles also withdrew from the competition around the personal to focus on his mental health.
“We sincerely support Simon’s decision and appreciate his courage in prioritizing his recovery,” USA Gymnastics said in a statement. “Her courage shows, again, why she’s a role model to many.”
News of Byles’ withdrawal follows the dramatic turn of events during Tuesday’s team final, which saw the 24-year-old drop out of mid-competition after his first spin.
Biles was set to complete four rounds for Team USA during the finals, but he faltered as he was taken to the vault, which is usually one of his best events. To get bail at the last second, he made 1.5 twists instead of 2.5 and came up with a big correction. The Vault scored its 13.766, a huge drop from its average score of 16.050 for the same event during the previous Olympics and the lowest score of the rotation.
Byles then left the competition floor, returning to the rest of the competition to support his teammates, who had won silver medals.
He later told reporters he didn’t feel right about the buildup, and backed down because he “didn’t want to risk the team medal for my scrupup because they worked so hard for it.”
“I was just, like, shivering, barely able to sleep,” Byles added. “I’ve never thought of going to a competition like this before.”
The day before the team finale, Bills told his followers on Instagram that he felt the “weight of the world” on his shoulders.
USA Gymnastics said Biles will be evaluated “every day” to see if he can compete in a separate event next week.