Simone Biles seems ‘relieved’ after Olympics withdrawal. Simone Biles seems “relieved” to have withdrawn from both the team and individual all-around Olympic medal events, Hoda Kotb said Wednesday after talking to the gymnast.
The “Today” co-anchor, 56, was preparing to go on air live from the team finals in Tokyo Tuesday when Biles, 24, removed herself because she wasn’t feeling mentally ready.
“I was not expecting this in a million years … but Simone actually seems kind of relieved to me,” Kotb exclusively told Page Six. “It was like a moment when you make a very big decision and you feel relief and you can exhale and you feel calm.”
The journalist was in the gym to tease the primetime gymnastics team finals when the athlete walked out following an awkward, low-scoring vault.
Moments later, it was announced that Biles would not be joining her teammates in the rest of the competition.
The decorated superstar later said she would not be competing in the individual eventseither.
Talking from the “Today” set in the Japanese capital, Kotb told us: “It was right as the meet was starting off that there was this huge dramatic announcement. You could really feel it in the gym. Everything went quiet, and the gym was already super, super hushed.
“I watched Simone go up and tell her teammates, ‘This is your game right now.’ I was not expecting that. It was very emotional watching her support and love up on her teammates. But she said, ‘I don’t feel that I can trust myself.’”
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Simone Biles seems ‘relieved’ after Olympics withdrawal. Simone Biles seems ‘relieved’ after Olympics withdrawal.