Biles landed a vault during the Americans’ first rotation, but then left the floor with a trainer and returned later with her right leg wrapped as she watched her teammates capture the silver medal.
USA Gymnastics said the reason for Biles’ withdrawal was due to a medical reason, but the 24-year old refuted that claim.
“No, no injury, thankfully and that’s why I took a step back because I didn’t want to do something silly out here and get injured,” Biles said. “So I thought it was best if these girls took over and did the rest of the job and they definitely did; they’re Olympic sliver medalists.”
Biles said the whole Olympic process has been ‘stressful’ and a lot of different variables contributed to her withdrawal.
With the weight of being the Olympic star, Biles said she had never felt as tense leading up to an event as she did Tuesday.
“We had a workout this morning and it went okay but that five-and-a-half hour I was just shaking and could barely nap,” Biles said. “I just never felt like this going into a competition before. Once I came out here I was like ‘no, mental is not there. I need to let the girls do it and focus on myself.’ ”
Biles also spoke with NBC’s Hoda Kotb and when Kotb asked Biles if she would compete in Thursday’s all-around event, the 24-year old said: “we’re going to take it day-by-day and we’re just going to see.”