Olympic champion Simone Biles withdraws from Tokyo all-around event

Simone Biles, of the United States, waits for her turn to perform during the artistic gymnastics women's final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Tokyo. (Gregory Bull/AP)

American gymnastics superstar Simone Biles withdrew from another event at Tokyo 2020, pulling out from Thursday’s all-around competition to focus on her mental well-being.

In a statement on Wednesday, USA Gymnastics said the 24-year-old has chosen not to compete in the event and that the organization fully supports her decision. Biles had also removed herself from the team final the previous day, saying she wasn't mentally ready to compete.

Replacing Biles in the all-around event will be Jade Carey, who finished ninth in qualifying.

Biles is also scheduled to participate in next week’s individual events, where she qualified for the finals of all four apparatuses. USA Gymnastics says she will be evaluated daily before determining whether she will compete.

Following the preliminary round on Monday, Biles had posted to her Instagram account saying that it wasn’t her best day of competition and that she felt “the wight of the of the world on her shoulders.”

After she withdrew from the team final, the U.S. went on to win the silver medal while the Russian Olympic Committee claimed gold.

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