July 27 Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games News and Results

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Sarah Hirshland, CEO of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, addresses the media at the USOPC Leaders Conference in Tokyo Big Sight ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on July 23. (Dean Mouhtaropoulos / Getty Images)

Sarah Hirshland, CEO of the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee, praised Simone Biles’ decision to withdraw from the women’s team gymnastics final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Tuesday due to mental health concerns.

“Simone, you made us so proud. Proud of who you are as a person, teammate and athlete ”, Hirshland said in a press release.

“We applaud your decision to prioritize your mental well-being over everything else, and offer you the full support and resources of our Team USA community as you navigate the journey ahead.”

What we know: Biles retired midway through the women’s team final after leaving the field for treatment. After visiting a coach, Biles returned to the arena, but did not warm up for the uneven bars. Instead, 20-year-old Jordan Chiles took Biles’ place.

On the sidelines, Biles supported his teammates by chatting and cheering them on after each routine. Biles was a living presence, jumping up and down to support his teammates.

The four-time Olympic gold medalist later explained her decision.

“Anytime you find yourself in a high stress situation you panic a little bit,” the 24-year-old told reporters. “I have to focus on my mental health and not put my health and well-being at risk.”

“It just sucks when you fight with your own head,” she added.



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