Celebrities Share Their Support for Simone Biles Following Her Sudden Women's Team Event Exit
In a sudden turn of events, Simone Biles exited the women's gymnastics team final on Tuesday night in Japan after stumbling through her first event on the vault. Speaking with reporters after the final ended, Biles said she was "okay, just dealing with some things internally which will get fixed out in the next couple of days."
In a statement to PEOPLE and other outlets, USA Gymnastics said during the event that "Simone has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue. She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions."
Following the news, Biles shared a photo of her teammates Sunisa Lee, Jordan Chiles and Grace McCallum on Instagram and thanked them for "being there for me and having my back!"
"OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALISTS 🤍," she began. "I'm SO proud of these girls right here. You girls are incredibly brave & talented! I'll forever be inspired by your determination to not give up and to fight through adversity!"
She added, "They stepped up when I couldn't. thanks for being there for me and having my back! forever love y'all."
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Teammate Lee commented, "love you so much. thank you for inspiring me every single day. you are not only an amazing gymnast but you are also an amazing person. 💕🤞🏼"
Chiles also commented, "You will forever be loved. We can't thank you enough. You have such a huge inspiration on all of us. We wouldn't have done it without you🥺💕 love you mo 🤞🏾❤️"
Additionally, several celebrities sent tweets of support following Tuesday's news, reminding 24-year-old Biles just how much she is loved and respected as an Olympian and role model.
The Today co-host applauded Biles' leadership, calling her a "class act" for her ability to keep her head up and be there for her teammates.
The figure skating champion reminds us all that although Biles may seem superhuman with extraordinary talent, "she's still human" and deserves her time to rest and recuperate.
The Minnesota Timberwolves star shared "nothing but love and positivity" to the greatest of all time.
The former co-host of The View kept it simple and sweet: "We love you @Simone_Biles!"
The host of What What Happens Live with Andy Cohen also sent his love, paired with an American flag emoji.
The WWE star reposted Kotb's tweet to add, "So much love and respect to @Simone_Biles"
Jackson stands firm on supporting Biles, tweeting, "I stand with you."
The former First Lady shared how proud she was of Biles, writing, "we are rooting for you."
The actress reminded everyone that putting your health first is the true medal-worthy move.
"nobody will ever understand the pressures you face! I know we don't know each other but I'm so proud of the decision to withdraw," the singer wrote on Instagram in support of Biles. "It's as simple as- what does it mean to gain the whole world but forfeit your soul. Sometimes our no's are more powerful than our yes's. When what you normally love starts to steal your joy it's important we take a step back to evaluate why."