The gymnast representing the Russian Federation managed to take home the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics after US Gymnast Simone Biles suddenly dropped out.
As The Daily Wire reports:
Widely considered to be the greatest gymnast of all-time, Simone Biles entered the Tokyo Olympics with nearly unprecedented levels of hype.
Early Tuesday morning, Biles pulled out of the women’s gymnastics finals after an awkward vault attempt and taking a big step on her landing. She scored a 13.766 on the attempt and was seen walking off of the floor with trainers with an apparent injury.
Biles returned to the floor, as she was scheduled to compete on the uneven bars. Shortly after, it was announced that she had withdrawn from the event and replaced by Jordan Chiles.
— FIG (@gymnastics) July 27, 2021
The NBC broadcast team said that Biles was not injured, instead dealing with a “mental issue,” but a statement from U.S.A Gymnastics stated it was in fact a “medical issue.”
Simone Biles was one of the first athletes to congratulate the Russian Olympic Committee gymnasts on their gold medal 👏 pic.twitter.com/fxTqSoW7ty
— espnW (@espnW) July 27, 2021
Did Biles unspecified physical or mental breakdown cost the US a gold medal, and if so, who should be held accountable?