She said she made the decision thinking of her teammates and their chance at an Olympic medal. In the end, Team USA earned a silver medal and the Russian Olympic Committee took gold.
USA Gymnastics said Biles will be evaluated each day leading up to the individual and all-around competitions.
Biles, 24, told reporters she chose to step away from the competition after her vault because she was “struggling with some things.” She went on to talk about her mental health and the immense pressure of being an Olympic athlete, especially after “a long year.”
Biles made her first Olympic appearance representing the U.S. at the 2016 Rio Olympics and leaving with five medals: four gold and one bronze.
Here are some of Biles’ comments on her decision to step away from the final competition.
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On why she chose to withdraw
“It just felt like it would be a little bit better to take a back seat to work on my mindfulness. I knew that the girls would do an absolutely great job and I didn’t want to risk the team a medal … because they’ve worked way too hard for that.”
“I was still struggling with some things.”
“No injury, thankfully. That’s why I took a step back, because I didn’t want to do something silly out there and get injured.”
Biles said that when she told her teammates she thought they needed to do the rest of the competition without her, they supported her.
“I’ll usually persevere and push through things, but not to cost the team a medal.”
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On mental health
“Therapy has helped a lot, as well as medicine. That’s all been going really well. Whenever you get in high-stress situations, you kind of freak out and don’t really know how to handle all of those emotions especially at the Olympic Games.”
“This Olympic Games I wanted it to be for myself. I came in and felt like I was still doing it for other people. That just hurts my heart that doing what I love has been kind of taken away from me to please other people.”
“I have to put my pride aside. I have to do what’s right for me and focus on my mental health and not jeopardize my health and well-being. That’s why I decided to take a step back.”
On Olympic stress
“It’s been really stressful this Olympic games, I think just as a whole not having an audience, there are a lot of different variables going into it. It’s been a long week. It’s been a long Olympic process. It’s been a long year.”
“We’re just a little bit too stressed out. We should be out here having fun and sometimes that’s not case. We’re going to take it a day at a time. I know tomorrow that we have a half day or at least the morning off. So it’ll be a good mental rest. And so we’ll take it from there.”
“So it’s OK sometimes to even sit out the big competitions to focus on yourself, because it shows how strong of a competitor and person that you really are, rather than just battle through it.”
On whether she’ll be back to compete soon
“I’m one to tough it out to the last minute, and obviously it didn’t work. Moving forward, going back to those tactics that have always worked so we’re just going to see.”
Biles also commented on the filming for her upcoming documentary.
“I’m in the docuseries that I’m filming. I have an incredible team. I love everybody who I work with and the people around me, but it’s just like at the end of the day, we’re putting content out. So I don’t want to put anything out there that people wouldn’t view as nice.”
“It could be a turnaround for the better. We were just going to have to see, but hopefully I’ll get back out there and compete in a couple more events. And we’ll see.”
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