Simone Biles withdraws: This is how the world is reacting to star’s exit from team final competition at the Olympics

Simone Biles encourages teammate Jordan Chiles during the team final of the women's artistic gymnastics competition in Tokyo. Biles only competed on the vault and will not compete on other events.
Simone Biles encourages teammate Jordan Chiles during the team final of the women's artistic gymnastics competition in Tokyo. Biles only competed on the vault and will not compete on other events. (2021 Getty Images)

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.

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Here are some of the reactions people have shared on social media since word of her decision hit the headlines.

What were you thinking when you heard the news? Let us know in the comments.


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Amanda Cochran is an Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist. She specializes in Texas features, social media news and local crime.