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Biles withdraws from Tokyo's all-around final, citing focus on mental health

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Star Team USA gymnast Simone Biles will not compete in the Tokyo Olympic Games’s women’s individual all-around final on Thursday, USA Gymnastics said, citing the athlete's need to focus on her mental health.

Biles, who won the event at the 2016 Rio Games, had already pulled out of the team gymnastics final on Tuesday, which the organization said was done “out of an abundance of caution for her mental and physical well-being.”

“After further medical evaluation, Simone Biles has withdrawn from the final individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games, in order to focus on her mental health,” USA Gymnastics said in a statement.

“Simone will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether or not to participate in next week’s individual event finals,” the organization said, adding later, “We wholeheartedly support Simone’s decision and applaud her bravery in prioritizing her well-being. Her courage shows, yet again, why she is a role model for so many.”

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Gymnast Jade Carey, who placed ninth in the individual all-around qualifying round, will compete in Biles’s stead.

Biles, 24, was seen leaving the competition floor with a trainer on Tuesday after faltering during her vault run. She returned to the floor later but did not continue competing in the team final.

“Physically, I feel good. I’m in shape,” she told NBC afterward. "Emotionally, that kind of varies on the time and moment. Coming here to the Olympics and being the head star isn't an easy feat, so we're just trying to take it one day at a time, and we'll see."

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Biles faced significant pressure going into the games, having been repeatedly branded as the GOAT, or greatest of all time, for her five World all-around titles, six U.S. Gymnastics Championships victories, and four Olympic gold medals.

Despite Biles's early exit from the team final, the American gymnastics squad was able to score a silver medal on Tuesday in the event, losing out to Russia.

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