Simone Biles’ Olympic Games began with a bang as she was forced to withdraw from the team final after only one spin due to a “medical issue.”
Before leaving the floor briefly with the US team trainer, Biles botched her initial vault, scoring 13.766, the lowest of the first rotation.
Despite her return, the 24-year-old pulled on her tracksuit and skipped the Americans’ next item, the uneven bars.
“Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue,” USA Gymnastics said in a statement.
“She will be evaluated on a daily basis to determine whether she is medically cleared for future competitions.”
It sparked rumors that Biles’ Games were over, but she appears confident that she will be back in time for the individual finals later this week.
“I’m OK. She later explained, “I’m just dealing with some internal issues that will be resolved in the next couple of days.”
When asked if she’d be back on Thursday, she said definitely.
Biles qualified for every individual apparatus final and finished first in the all-around rankings on Sunday, putting her on track for a possible six gold medals in Tokyo.
But she was far from dominant at times, as the US team was pipped to first place in the qualification standings by the Russian Olympic Committee for the first time since 2010.
And Biles’ blunder on the vault has reignited worries about her potential to duplicate her four-gold-medal triumph in Rio.
Jordan Chiles, a reserve, took over for Biles and did an outstanding job as the US fought to earn silver behind the Russian Olympic Committee.
The bronze medal went to Great Britain.