Simone Biles retired from Monday’s women’s floor exercise final at the Tokyo Olympics, marking her fifth out of the six finals she had qualified for.
After retiring from the women’s team final after losing her bearings in the air during her opening jump, Biles also retired from the individual all-around, vault, bars and floor finals due to of a mental block on its elements and the need to preserve its sanity.
In a brief statement on Sunday, USA Gymnastics confirmed its withdrawal: “Simone has withdrawn from the floor event final and will make a decision on the beam later this week. Either way, we’re all behind you, Simone.
In recent days, more details have emerged about Biles’ ‘twisties’, the mental block that currently prevents him from competing safely. On Friday, she posted a video of herself on Instagram attempting two runs on uneven bars in a foam pit. She got lost in the air both times. Gymnasts from around the world offered their support for his decision, highlighting the dangers of competition.
“For anyone who says I quit, I haven’t quit, my mind and body just aren’t in sync as you can see here,” Biles wrote. “I don’t think you realize how dangerous it is on a hard / competition court.”
Although she said she felt bad in general, Biles had made it clear that her mental block was particularly prevalent during her twisting skills. This immediately cast doubt on his insanely difficult floor routine, which includes plenty of tumbling passes such as his eponymous triple back somersault.
The floor exercise is arguably Biles’ strongest event. She was the reigning Olympic champion and five-time world champion on floor. She has been undefeated on floor in major championships since 2013.
Biles was replaced in the floor final by Briton Jennifer Gadirova, who was the first reserve. She joined in the final her twin sister Jessica, who recorded the fourth best score of the competitors present. The beam final, the only event Biles has not yet retired from, will take place on Tuesday at the Ariake Gymnastics Center.