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U.S. OPC CEO Sarah Hirshland tweets in support of Simone Biles following her withdrawal


Sarah Hirshland, Chief Executive Officer of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, tweeted a message to American superstar Simone Biles following news of the gymnast’s decision to withdraw from the gymnastics team final for medical reasons.

“Simone, you’ve made us so proud. Proud of who you are as a person, teammate and athlete,” Hirshland tweeted.

Hirshland continued: “We applaud your decision to prioritize your mental wellness over all else, and offer you the full support and resources of our Team USA community as you navigate the journey ahead.”

Biles has now said the issue was not a physical ailment, but that she was “dealing with some things internally.”

“I just felt like it would be a little bit better to take a back seat, and work on my mindfulness,” she said.

As for the rest of her plans here, Biles replied, “We’re going to take it a day at a time. I know tomorrow we have a little bit of a break for training, so that’ll be really nice to have a mental rest day. And then injury, no. Just my pride is hurt a little bit.”

Biles has qualified for all of the remaining women’s individual gymnastics events, which leaves a significant Olympic schedule for the American.

When asked if she could be back to compete on Thursday Bile said, “Yes.”