Simone Biles ends competition early in gymnastics team at Tokyo Olympics

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Simone Biles ends competition early in gymnastics team at Tokyo Olympics


The women’s team has medaled at every Olympics since 1992.

Simone Biles left competition early at the Tokyo Olympics team competition Tuesday after a rare stumble on vault, NBC announced and the International Gymnastics Federation wrote on Twitter.

She will not be competing in the rest of the competition for the team event.

This is one of the strongest gymnastics teams the world has seen, led by all-time great Biles and uneven bars phenom Sunisa Lee. The team is rounded out by Jordan Chiles, who’s powerful on floor, and Grace McCallum.

The U.S. ended with a cumulative score of 170.562, while the athletes from Russia finished with 171.629. While those numbers do not factor into the finals scores, it sent a message to the previously dominant American team.

The U.S. has medaled in every women’s gymnastics team event at the Olympics since 1992. That included three golds, two silvers and two bronzes.

In the team event, four-person teams from eight nations compete on each apparatus. For the women, this includes balance beam, uneven bars, vault and floor.

The world is watching for fireworks, particularly from the U.S. team, which could include a spectacular uneven bars performance from Lee.

All eyes were on Biles to see if she would attempt a Yurchenko double pike on vault.

The U.S. men’s gymnastics team came in fifth at their final Monday.

Both individual American men and women will have more opportunities for medals as the all-around and apparatus finals take place later in the Games.

For more Olympics coverage, see: https://abcnews.go.com/Sports/Olympics





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