Tokyo (Associated Press)-Simone Biles will not defend her Olympic gold medal in floor exercises.
The US gymnastics team announced on Sunday that the six-time Olympic medalist chose not to compete on the court. She won the gold medal in Rio de Janeiro and ranked second in last week’s qualifying round.
British player Jennifer Gadirova will replace Byers in the final scheduled to be held on Monday.
The US gymnastics team said that Byers has not yet decided whether to participate in the balance beam finals scheduled for Tuesday. Five years ago, she won the bronze medal in Brazil.
Byers has chosen not to participate in the uneven bars and vault finals scheduled to be held at the Ariake Gymnastics Center on Sunday night. She is not expected to win a medal in the bar, but she is an Olympic champion in vaulting.
Byers is dealing with a mental disorder called “twisted” in gymnastics. In other words, it is difficult for Byers to figure out the position of her body relative to the ground while in the air.
Throughout her elite career, Byers has always dominated floor exercise, winning five world championships at the Rio Olympics. Her innovative rollover redefines the possibility of being on the podium. In the sport’s scoring criteria, she has two tumbling passes named after her.