TOKYO – Simone Biles is not going to defend her Olympic gold medal on flooring train.
USA Gymnastics introduced Sunday that the six-time Olympic medalist has opted to not compete on flooring, the place she gained gold in Rio de Janeiro and positioned second in qualifying final week.
Jennifer Gadirova of Britain will exchange Biles within the finals, that are scheduled for Monday.
USA Gymnastics mentioned Biles has not determined whether or not to take part within the steadiness beam remaining, which is scheduled for Tuesday. She earned bronze on the occasion in Brazil 5 years in the past.
Biles has already chosen to not compete within the uneven bars and vault finals, set for Sunday night on the Ariake Gymnastics Centre. She was not anticipated to medal on bars however is the Olympic champion on vault.
Biles is coping with a psychological block that in gymnastics is known as “the twisties.” In different phrases, Biles is having bother determining the place her physique is in relation to the bottom when within the air.
Biles has been dominant on flooring train throughout her elite profession, successful 5 world championships alongside along with her triumph in Rio. Her modern tumbling has redefined what is feasible on the rostrum. She has two tumbling move dismounts named after her within the sport’s Code of Factors.