Paralyzed by a psychological crisis due to the pressure she suffers, she will be absent from what was going to be her fifth final and leaves her participation in the last one in the air: balance beam
As the days go by, the hope that Simone Bile, the American gymnastics star, will recover and compete in one of the finals that remained after her retirement due to a psychological problem. To the abandonments in the team and individual final and by apparatus in jumping and uneven bars is added another exercise that has been deleted: floor. Its final, scheduled for Tuesday, will not have the participation of Simone Biles, as announced this Sunday by the United States Gymnastics Federation. In addition, he is still in the air to compete in the balance beam final scheduled for Tuesday, on which he will make a decision these days. But, in view of the mental crisis that has paralyzed her, it is quite likely that she will eventually give it up as well.
Due to the enormous psychological pressure she suffers, which has shocked the Olympic Games and alerted about the mental health of elite athletes, Tokyo will not see her this Sunday in the jumping final, where she was going to defend the title achieved in Rio 2016. She will be replaced by MyKayla Skinner, who obtained the fourth highest score in the qualifying round and will participate alongside Jade Carey. But, on uneven bars, the US will have only one representative, Sunisa Lee, who dazzled the world on Thursday with her victory in the individual full contest final after Biles’ resignation.
At 24, the global gymnastics sensation was aiming for a record six golds at the Tokyo Games. But as soon as the team final started on Tuesday, he retired after jumping on the rack. “It really petrifies you to try to show your ability but not have your mind and body in sync,” Biles acknowledged.
Earning international applause for daring to expose a problem few talk about, his confession has set off alarms about the tremendous pressure on elite athletes. After these five retirements, Biles only has the final on the always difficult balance beam, a paradox for his mental state that makes him fear a new abandonment.