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American superstar gymnast Simone Biles has retired from the individual floor exercise final, leaving an event in which she could still compete in the Tokyo Olympics.
“Simone retired from the floor event final and will make a decision on the beam later this week,” USA Gymnastics said. “Anyway, we’re all behind you, Simone.
Biles suddenly pulled out of the team final earlier this week after a tough first jump, and later said she didn’t feel there mentally and was dealing with a phenomenon called twisties. She also retired from the all-around finals and individual competitions on vault and uneven bars.
Since Biles retired, she actively supports and encourages her teammates.
USA Gymnastics did not say if another American gymnast will take her place in the floor final. Jade Carey qualified for the floor with Biles, and their teammate Jordan Chiles had the highest score for an American athlete.