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Simone Biles Withdraws From Floor, Still Might Compete In Balance Beam

Simone Biles, of the United States, embraces teammate Jordan Chiles after she exited the team final with apparent injury, at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Tokyo. The 24-year-old reigning Olympic gymnastics champion Biles huddled with a trainer after landing her vault. She then exited the competition floor with the team doctor. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Simone Biles embraces teammate Jordan Chiles after she exited the team final at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

U.S. superstar gymnast Simone Biles has pulled out of the individual final in the floor exercise, leaving one event in which she might still compete at the Tokyo Olympics. "Simone has withdrawn from the event final for floor and will make a decision on beam later this week," USA Gymnastics said. "Either way, we're all behind you, Simone."Biles suddenly pulled out of the team final earlier this week after a difficult first vault, and later said that she didn't feel that she was there mentally and was dealing with a phenomenon calledthe twisties. She also pulled out of the individual all-around final and the individual competitions in vault and uneven bars. Since Biles withdrew, she's been actively supporting and cheering on her teammates. USA Gymnastics has not said whether another U.S. gymnast will take her place in the floor final. Jade Carey qualified for floor along with Biles, and their teammate Jordan Chiles had the next-highest score for a U.S. athlete. Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.