Simone Biles was set to compete in her second Olympic games, and was prepared to set records while in Tokyo. However, on July 27, 2021, the skilled gymnast withdrew from the Team Finals event after meeting with staff doctors, according to ESPN.
Biles was set to compete in five individual events and one team event, which would have given her a shot at six gold medals. However, Team USA took home the silver medal in the Team final, and it’s unclear whether or not Biles will go on to compete in any of the individual events.
“Simone has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue,” USA Gymnastics said in a statement posted on Twitter. “She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.”
Biles’ last appearance in the Summer Olympics was back in 2016 in Rio in which she took home four gold and one bronze medal.
Biles’ took part in the qualifying rounds, which took place on Sunday, July 25, 2021. The qualifying rounds aired live on NBC’s streaming service, Peacock, in the morning hours, and later aired on NBC.
If Biles is able to compete, her full schedule is listed below.
Here’s what you need to know:
Peacock Will Stream U.S. Gymnastics Events Live & NBC Will Air Them During Primetime
For those hoping to catch all of the U.S. gymnastics action live, Peacock will stream the events from Tokyo. The Peacock schedule and times for events featuring Biles are listed below, courtesy of Sporting News.
Tuesday, July 27: Women’s Gymnastics Team Final – 6:00 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Thursday, July 29: Women’s All-Around – 6:00 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Sunday, August 1: Vault and Uneven Bars Finals – 4:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Monday, August 2: Floor Exercise Finals – 4:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, August 3: Balance Beam Finals – 4:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
If you aren’t up super early in the morning or you aren’t able to stream Peacock for whatever reason, you can watch the events on NBC during primetime. Below is the NBC television schedule for all gymnastics events featuring Biles. All times are Eastern Standard. All of the events listed below are opportunities for Biles to medal.
Tuesday, July 27: Women’s Gymnastics Team Final 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Thursday, July 29: Women’s All-Around – 8:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 1: Vault (finals) – 9:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 1: Uneven Bars (finals) – 11:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Monday, August 2: Floor Exercise (finals) – 8:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 3: Balance Beam (finals) – 8:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
For additional details and events in other sports, you can check out NBC’s Olympic website.
Biles Is Favored to Win Each Competition That She Is Participating in
Biles is the heavy favorite to medal in each of the competitions that she’s taking part in. If Biles were to take home the gold in the All-Around on July 29, 2021, it would be the first back-to-back win in the event in more than 50 years (Biles won gold in the event in Rio in 2016).
On August 3, 2021, Biles will get a chance to redeem herself on the balance beam. In Rio, she took home the bronze medal in the competition, but she’s ready to step onto the highest podium. “It’s the event where Biles took bronze in Rio after grabbing the beam on a front tuck. She’s been clear she wants redemption here. It could also be a chance at a 35th overall global medal,” the official Olympics website reads.
If Biles had earned gold medals in all six events that she was scheduled to compete in, she would have become the gymnast with the most gold medals in history, according to USA Today. The record is currently held by Larisa Latynina of the Soviet Union; she has nine gold medals.
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