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Why Simone Biles and U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team Are Skipping the Olympics Opening Ceremony – E! Online

Why Simone Biles Is The G.O.A.T.

If you were hoping to flip out over seeing the U.S. women’s gymnastics team at the Tokyo Opening Ceremony, we have some unfortunate news for you.

A spokeswoman for the team confirmed to The New York Times that Simone Biles and her fellow gymnasts won’t be walking in the event on Friday, July 23, because they’re “focused on preparation.” According to the outlet, Biles, Suni Lee, Jordan Chiles, Grace McCallum, MyKayla Skinner and Jade Carey also didn’t take any questions from reporters after practicing on Friday, choosing instead to walk past journalists in a single file line led by the defending all-around champ.

Biles also took to her Instagram Story on Friday to further explain why the team didn’t attend the ceremony, citing the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as one of the reasons. Plus, “The amount of standing is crazy. USA is usually at the end as well because of alphabetical.” Biles added that the gymnastics team starts “the following day,” so it “wouldn’t be smart” to attend. She also noted, “We’ve actually never attended Opening I believe. *Gym fans help me out if that info is wrong.”

And although they opted out of the official Opening Ceremony, the team decided to have one of their own. Carey posted pictures on Instagram of the squad striking a pose in Olympic village, captioning the snaps, “our own little twist on opening ceremonies.”



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