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Simone Biles' surprise withdrawal at Tokyo Olympics puts spotlight on athletes' mental health

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Simone Biles withdraws from Olympics

Simone Biles' shocking withdrawal from the team competition at the Tokyo Olympics Tuesday put a spotlight on mental health and the extreme stress elite athletes like Biles are under.

The U.S. women's gymnastics team won silver in the team competition after Biles left the competition early following a rare stumble on vault.

USA Gymnastics said in a statement that Biles, 24, withdrew "due to a medical issue," which the gymnast later confirmed was not a physical injury.

"No injuries, thankfully, and that's why I took a step back because I didn't want to do something silly out there and get injured," Biles said in a press conference following the competition. "So I thought it was best if these girls took over and did the rest of the job, which they absolutely did."

She went on, “I felt like it would be a little bit better to take a back seat and work on my mindful[ness]. I knew that the girls would do as absolute great job and I didn’t want to risk the team medal for kind of my screw ups because they have worked way too hard for that. So I just decided that those girls need to go and do the rest of the competition.”


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