U.S. gymnast Simone Biles has taken to twitter to update her fans on the situation surrounding her decision to not participate in the women's all-around gymnastic final set to take place later today.
Much of the Olympic talk over the past few days has been centred around Biles, after she pulled out after one rotation of the women's team final on Tuesday in Tokyo, prompting some concern among fans and fellow athletes alike after she cited her mental health as the reason.
Biles has since updated her millions of fans all over the world with a tweet that simply read: "the outpouring love & support I’ve received has made me realize I’m more than my accomplishments and gymnastics which I never truly believed before."
USA Gymnastics has not yet issued an update on whether Biles will participate in her four individual finals, all scheduled to take place later on in the week.
They did, however, release a statement to show their solidarity with Biles and her decision, which read: "After further medical evaluation, Simone Biles has withdrawn from the final individual all-around competition.
"We wholeheartedly support Simone's decision and applaud her bravery in prioritising her well-being. Her courage shows, yet again, why she is a role model for so many."
On Tuesday, following her decision to withdraw from the team final, Biles said: "There is more to life than just gymnastics."
Her decision to put her own mental health first has been lauded by plenty of famous faces in the world of sport, with 23-time gold medal winning swimmer Michael Phelps claiming: “It’s so important, especially to teach kids at a young age to take control of their physical and mental health. We’re human beings. Nobody is perfect."
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Biles is also reportedly suffering from "the twisties", a mental block in which gymnasts lose their spatial awareness in the middle of a routine containing highly dangerous moves, which can potentially lead to serious injury.
Though she is not participating, all eyes are likely to be on Biles later this evening when she enters the arena to support her US teammates Sunisa Lee and Jade Carey in the all-round final.