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Simone Biles' Olympic Pullout May Start a Trend

Simone Biles of Team United States smiles during the Women's Team Final on day four of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on July 27, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 28 July 2021 07:59 AM EDT

Jaws dropped when Olympic gold medalist gymnast Simone Biles — one of the highest-profile Americans competing in Japan — shockingly underperformed her vault and then benched herself for the remainder of the Tokyo Olympics team finals on Tuesday because she "wasn’t in the right headspace" to compete.

The reaction was similar last month when Tennis star Naomi Osaka — who was ousted from the Olympics with a third round loss on Tuesday — stunned fans by withdrawing from the French Open due to what she said was a battle with anxiety and depression. She had earlier told tournament officials that she wouldn’t do post-match press conferences because of questions that "bring doubts to our mind."

Marisa Herman

Marisa Herman, a Newsmax senior reporter, focuses on major and investigative stories. A University of Florida graduate, she has more than a decade of experience as a reporter for newspapers, magazines, and websites.

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Jaws dropped when Olympic gold medalist gymnast Simone Biles - one of the highest-profile Americans competing in Japan - shockingly underperformed her vault and then benched herself...
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