Simone Biles Says She\u2019s Working on \u2018Mindfulness\u2019 After Exiting Women\u2019s Gymnastics Team Event

On Tuesday, 24-year-old Olympic gymnast Simone Biles walked off the mat after an uncharacteristically faulty vault. In a statement to the media, USA Gymnastics said that Biles withdrew from the team final competition “due to a medical issue” and would be “assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.”

In an interview with the BBC after the final, Biles said she was “okay” but “dealing with things internally which will get fixed out in the next couple of days.” Biles’ coach echoed Biles’ remarks, telling NBC: “Physically she is fine. But she is done for the night.”

At a press conference later in the day, Biles told journalists that she is taking some time to focus on her “well being.”

“There is more to life than just gymnastics and it is very unfortunate that it has to happen at this stage, because I definitely wanted this Olympics to go a little better, but again take it one day at a time,” she said. “We’re going to see how the rest goes.”

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