Russian gymnasts upset the U.S. Olympic team in Tokyo on Tuesday night time after American celebrity Simone Biles withdrew from the competitors.
Biles, the reigning all-around Olympic gold medalist and one of many faces of the American contingent in Japan, left the team ultimate after a disappointing vault efficiency with what USA Gymnastics known as "a medical issue." Biles "will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions," the U.S. gymnastics governing physique stated.
Biles later advised NBC's "TODAY" she is "in shape" and feels "good" bodily. She stated she felt elevated strain as one of the well-known athletes on the video games.
"Emotionally, that kind of varies on the time and the moment," she stated. "You know, coming here to the Olympics and being the head star of the Olympics is not an easy feat, so we're just trying to take it one day at a time, and we'll see."
The Russian Olympic Committee gained the team gold medal with a rating of 169.528. The U.S. claimed silver with a tally of 166.096, whereas Great Britain took the bronze at 164.096.
The Americans didn’t win team gold for the primary time since 2008.
Biles exited the competitors after the vault error and headed off the ground with a team physician. She got here again to the sector, hugged her teammates and watched the remainder of the competitors in her warmup uniform.
The 2016 all-around gold medalist stated she would see about whether or not she would defend her particular person title on Thursday.
Biles, 24, is taken into account one of many biggest gymnasts within the sport's historical past. She gained 4 gold medals on the 2016 Olympics and has dominated world championships with 19 gold medals to her identify.
Biles has opened up about psychological well being struggles prior to now. In a Facebook video collection earlier this month, she stated she handled melancholy after acknowledging she was a sufferer of sexual abuse by Larry Nassar, a former physician for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University.
He was accused of molesting dozens of women and girls together with Biles and different Olympic gymnasts. Nassar was sentenced in 2018 to as much as 175 years in jail.
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