Olympic Fans Rally Around Simone Biles After She Pulls Out of Team Gymnastics Final: ‘Takes a Lot of Guts’

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Simone Biles stunned the sports world when she pulled out of the Team Gymnastics event at the Tokyo Olympics Tuesday.

After early reports suggested a “mental issue” was the cause, USA Gymnastics later released an official statement that Biles withdrew from team competition due to a “medical issue.” The 24-year-old, four-time Olympic gold medalist ended her competition on Tuesday after slipping during her vault attempt.

After scoring a 15.183 on vault in qualifications, Biles earned a 13.766 Tuesday at the Olympics. Following the slip, Biles huddled with a trainer, exiting the floor with the team doctor shortly after.

Having to compete without the best American gymnast in the history of the sport,
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