Simone Biles Is the Champion of Our Hearts in These Emotional Photos From the Tokyo Olympics

Simone Biles withdrew herself from the women's gymnastics team final at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. But from cheering on her teammates to leading with grace, she proved she'll always be a winner!

By Alyssa Morin Jul 27, 2021 8:48 PMTags

Simone Biles is the definition of a class act!

Whether the four-time gold medalist is breaking records or prioritizing her mental health, she always leads with grace. On Tuesday, July 27, Simone withdrew herself from the women's gymnastics team final at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics "due to a medical issue."

But despite ending her run sooner than expected, she kept her head held high.

During the competition, the 24-year-old Olympian could be seen cheering on her friends and fellow athletes. From embracing her teammates to adorably butt-bumping one another, Simone was undoubtedly the U.S. gymnastics team's biggest fan.

They later took home the silver medal.

"I'm SO proud of these girls right here," Simone raved on Instagram. "You girls are incredibly brave & talented! I'll forever be inspired by your determination to not give up and to fight through adversity! They stepped up when I couldn't. thanks for being there for me and having my back! forever love y'all."

Every Time Simone Biles Proved She Is the GOAT

Although Simone's time was cut short during Tuesday's final, it's possible she'll still compete in the individual all-around competition on Thursday, July 29.

But before she announces her Olympics plans, scroll through our gallery below to see why Simone will always be a champion in our hearts. After all, she's the GOAT for a reason!

July 27: Starting Off on a Good Note

Simone reacts during the gymnastics women's team final.

Cheering on Their Friends

Simone and teammate Grace Mc Callum react during the gymnastics women's team final.

Biggest Cheerleader

Simone and teammate Grace McCallum react during the gymnastics women's team final.

Two Thumbs Up

Simone appears at the women's gymnastics team final.

Team Clap-tain

Simone, Grace McCallum and Jordan Chiles cheer for teammate Sunisa "Suni" Lee as she competes on uneven bars during the women's gymnastics team final.

Round of Applause

Simone appears with her teammates at the women's gymnastics team final.

Defying Gravity

Simone Biles appears mid-air during her performance at the women's gymnastics team final on July 27.

Simon's Scare

Simone lands her vault in the women's gymnastics team final. The athlete was scheduled to perform 2.5 twists in the air completed just 1.5. 

The "Twisties"

Simone later explains at a press conference that she "got "a little bit lost in the air," and later confirmed she had developed the "twisties," or mid-air disorientation.

July 27: Simone Withdraws From Team Final

Disappointed with her performance, Simone walks off the competition floor after her vault at the women's gymnastics team final on July 27. She later withdraws from the event.

Fab Four

Despite withdrawing from the women's gymnastics team final after one rotation, Simone helped her team win the silver medal. Here she is pictured with teammates Jordan Chiles, Grace McCallum and Sunisa "Suni" Lee.

Dynamic Duo

Simone and Jordan Chiles react after receiving their silver medals.

Bear Hugs

Simone helps congratulate the Russian team on their gold medal victory.

Red, White & Booty Bump

Simone and Jordan Chiles celebrate on the podium of the gymnastics women's team final.

July 28: Simon Withdraws From 2nd Final

Amid ongoing mental health concerns and case of the "twisties," Simone opts out of the women's individual all-around final.

Team Effort

But Simone did join fellow Team USA members Jordan Chiles and MyKayla Skinner and Riley McCusker—who did not qualify for the Tokyo Olympics—to support their teammate Sunia "Suni" Lee" from the stands during the women's gymnastics individual all-around final. 

Hi Simone!

The Olympic gold medalist smiled and waved from the stands at the women's individual all-around final on July 29.  

July 30: 2 More Withdrawals

Simone withdraws from the uneven bars and vault finals. In the latter, she is replaced by MyKayla Skinner, who appeared to end her 2020 Tokyo Olympics journey days earlier when she failed to qualify for individual finals.

Aug. 1: Another Withdrawal

After pulling out of her fifth event, the floor exercise final, Simone was seen cheering on her teammates at the women's gymnastics uneven bars final.

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