HOUSTON – Houston’s Simone Biles withdrew from the team final competition in the Olympics due to a medical issue and that news immediately made headlines around the world.
KPRC 2′s team of journalists on the ground in Japan is covering the story. On Facebook, anchor Christine Noël wrote: “Devastating news out of Tokyo tonight. Spring’s own @simonebiles is out of the women’s gymnastics team finals. Details sure to come… — Hoping she is ok, and thinking of Team USA Gymnastics....”
It’s a sentiment shared by many as we wait to hear if Biles will be able to compete in the individual events.
Here are some of the reactions people have shared on social media since word of her decision hit the headlines.
In case anyone was wondering what it is like to be quite literally the GOAT, with 27 gold medals and the highest margin of victory ever in a world championship, but ultimately, a woman in sports. #SimoneBiles you are a queen and we salute you pic.twitter.com/erDyVfQRZA— Wentz (@wentzforit) July 27, 2021
I don’t believe @Simone_Biles owes us any explanation for why she pulled out beyond what we’ve already gotten. Whether it’s mental health or some other kind of health issue, people have a right to medical privacy.— Mika Edmondson (@mika_edmondson) July 27, 2021
Get well soon Simone! 🙏🏾#SimoneBiles
Oh cry me a river. Too much pressure? It’s the bloody Olympics. #SimoneBiles— humanc137 (@humanc1371) July 27, 2021
Props to the girls who, thru the chaos, gave a great performance. I would have been in a corner sucking my thumb and rocking back and forth.— Roni Sue Zolnowski (@rszski) July 27, 2021
Well done, and to #SimoneBiles get better soon. You do you, kid.
Not sure what happened w/ Simone Biles but hope she heals up and recovers. Still the GOAT, so…….#SimoneBiles Salute! 🙏🏿💪🏿⚡️— SmallwoodWorldwide (@SmallwoodWWide) July 27, 2021
Simone taking the rest of the competition one day at a time. She did not give additional info on her condition.— Valerie Cherish Stan (@sherees_joggers) July 27, 2021
Respect for the GOAT.#SimoneBiles
I feel bad for Simone Biles because imagine the entire world expecting you to do the impossible and her doing anything less than that is seen as a disappointment. The amount of pressure is unimaginable. You go girl! #USAGymnastics #SimoneBiles— avilajonnn (@avilajonnn) July 27, 2021
#SimoneBiles is even more of the goat for knowing when to prioritize herself and stop. regardless of what the medical issue was, that is commendable. honored to watch her compete no matter what! and the rest of the team should be so proud of themselves!— Emily Jackson (@enjacks1) July 27, 2021
After losing @Simone_Biles Team USA is able to hang on for a silver medal. Very proud of those young ladies. Hoping Simone can recover for the individual all around! @KPRC2 #KPRC2 #SimoneBiles #TokyoOlympics #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/weNey4qIas— Keith Garvin (@KPRC2Keith) July 27, 2021
What were you thinking when you heard the news? Let us know in the comments.