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After pulling out from the Olympic Finals, Simone spoke to Hoda Kotb on Today to give fans an update on her condition and shed some light on if she’d be able to compete later on in the games.
“Physically, I feel good, I’m in shape,” Simone said. “Emotionally, that kind of varies on the time and moment. Coming to the Olympics and being head star isn’t an easy feat, so we’re just trying to take it one day at a time and we’ll see.” As for if she’ll be heading back to the Olympics, Simone said, “We’re going to take it day by day and we’re just gonna see.”
Simone Biles has pulled out of the Olympic Games according to multiple outlets including the AP. Simone, the greatest gymnast of all time, was seen exiting the competition floor with the team’s doctor, and then came back onto the floor with her right leg wrapped. At this point, the AP reports that she took off her bar grips, hugged her teammates, and put on a jacket and sweatpants—indicating she would not be competing.
USA Gymnastics said in a statement, “Simone has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue. She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.”
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On Monday, Simone opened up on Instagram about the pressure she’s been facing at the Olympics, saying “It wasn’t an easy day or my best but I got through it. I truly do feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders at times. 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! BUT I’m happy my family was able to be with me virtually they mean the world to me!”
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It goes without saying that Simone has done an amazing job despite this set back and we are all wishing her the very best. To echo USA Gymnastics’ official statement, thinking of you, Simone!
Note: we will be updating this article as more information about Simone’s exit from the final competition comes out.
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