WATCH — Why Simone Biles’s decision to withdraw from Olympic events matters

Story by CBC Kids News • 2021-07-29 12:10

Biles says she was protecting her mental health

American Simone Biles is a big deal in the gymnastics world.

She has innovated gymnastic moves in multiple events and has won championship after championship.

During her first Olympics in Rio 2016, she collected four gold medals and one bronze.

So, when the world found out that she had withdrawn from the competition in the middle of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics team final, people were shocked.

Abigail explains why many are applauding Biles’s decision

At a Tokyo news conference on July 27, Biles said she withdrew from the competition to protect her mental health. "We have to protect our minds and our bodies, rather than ... do what the world wants us to do," she said.

Watch the latest Kids News Explains video to learn why her withdrawal was so significant.

In this video:

ROC wins gold; Team USA nabs silver

Despite Biles leaving the competition, the women’s U.S. gymnastics team still managed to place second and win a silver medal.

The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) ended up winning the women’s artistic gymnastics team gold.

The ROC women’s gymnastics team celebrated when they found out they had won gold. They joined the ROC’s men who won their event the day before. (Image credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Suni Lee wins individual all-around gymnastics event

Biles’s American teammate, Sunisa “Suni” Lee, won the women’s individual all-around artistic gymnastics event on Wednesday.

Suni Lee has had a stellar performance at the Games so far. It was Lee who stepped in to fill Simone Biles’s place in the team event. (Image credit: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images)

Lee is just 18 years old. Her gold continues the American winning streak in that event.

It is the fifth Olympic win in a row for the American women. The last Olympic gold was captured by Biles.

Americans end Day 6 with 38 medals

Japan and China are tied for the most gold medals. They both had 15 at the end of Day 6.

The U.S. had the most medals in total with 38.

⭐️Day 6 highlights⭐️

Day 6 in pictures

Andrea Herzog of Germany participating in the women’s canoe slalom event. In both the canoe and kayak slalom events competitors have to battle river rapids on a human-made white-water course. (Image credit: Yara Nardi/Reuters)

Canada’s Jessica Guo beat Japan’s Sera Azuma in a placement round. Guo is 16-years-old and is ranked number one in Canada and fifteenth in the world in women’s individual foil. (Image credit: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

Weightlifter Julio Mayora of Venezuela celebrates during the men’s 73 kg competition. Mayora won silver. Gold medal winner Shi Zhiyong of China broke a world record in the event. (Image credit: Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

New Kids News Olympics content every day

CBC Kids News will be covering the Olympics every day until the closing ceremony on Aug. 8.

On July 30, both the men’s and women’s rowing eight finals will take place.

Plus, watch for the men’s and women’s BMX racing final.

Tune in tomorrow to hear from both Abigail Dove and Arjun Ram as Kids News Olympics coverage continues.


With files from Christine Rankin, Benjamin Blum, Devin Heroux/CBC, Reuters
TOP IMAGE CREDIT: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Image, 
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