OLYMPIC UPDATE

Disappointing news for Houston's Olympic icon Simone Biles

Biles withdraws from the team final competition. Photo by Getty Images.

UPDATE: The United States won a silver medal in Tuesday's women's gymnastics competition after Biles withdrew from the team final in Tokyo, NBC News reports.

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The world's most elite Olympian is out of the U.S. gymnastics team final in Tokyo.

Houston's own Simone Biles, the four-time Olympic gold medalist known as the "GOAT," has left the contest due to an unspecified issue.

"Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue," reads a statement from USA Gymnastics. "She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.""

The 24-year-old Spring resident had qualified for all six finals and was expected to go on to compete in individual all-around, floor exercise, beam, uneven bars and vault, NBC News notes.

Undoubtedly, Biles was the favorite in these games and has set the standard for those competing against her. She is widely considered the greatest gymnast of all time and has been the biggest draw for the Tokyo 2020 games thus far.

On Tuesday July 27, she competed in Team USA's first vault rotation. She landed the vault then huddled with a trainer, and later exited the competition with a team doctor, as ABC13 reports.

When she returned, Biles removed her gear, hugged teammates Grace McCallum, Sunisa Lee, and Jordan Chiles and donned a jacket and sweatpants — a clear sign she was done for the day.

Her Monday, July 26 Instagram post reveals the pressures the young superstar endures as she represents the U.S. and aspiring gymnasts everywhere:

It wasn't an easy day or my best but I got through it. I truly do feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders at times. I know I brush it off and make it seem like pressure doesn't affect me but damn sometimes it's hard hahaha! The olympics is no joke!Now, Houston and the world will watch to see when and if the GOAT can spring back into action.


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1. Starting safety Justin Reid was benched for the game. David Culley said after the game it was his decision as head coach and he would keep the matter internal with Reid.

2. This is the third defender benched for disciplinary reasons this season. Reid joins Zach Cunningham and Desmond King as players who missed time for discipline.

3. Justin Reid told Fox 26 he was benched because he had a disagreement with the coaching staff. He also said he was shocked the Texans benched him. You have to wonder if the “culture” the team is building is right when one of the more likable and personable players falls victim to their rules. Reid, who is a free agent this offseason, could leave the Texans.

4. Tyrod Taylor had a couple of nice plays early on for the Texans. His willingness to take some shots downfield was refreshing and led to a touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks.

5. Rookie tight end Brevin Jordan found the end zone. He has played well in recent weeks after finally getting on the field. Jordan is playing over Jordan Akins as Akins was a healthy scratch again this week.

6. Tytus Howard started at left tackle with mixed results. Howard has struggled to find his way at guard but could be a long-term option at tackle if given the chance.

7. The offensive line overall played poorly after some early success. The pass rush of the Jets got going and the run blocking was poor again. Lane Taylor played at left guard some, with Max Scharping also playing some at that spot.

8. The offense was horrendous after the two scoring drives. The Texans amassed 202 net yards with 91 yards coming on those two scoring drives. Houston gained just 49 net yards after their opening three drives.

9. After the game, I asked David Culley if he would be making a change with his play-caller. Culley stood behind offensive coordinator Tim Kelly and said he would remain the team’s play-caller.

10. Second-year defensive lineman Ross Blacklock had two horrible errors that handed the Jets a chance to turn three points into seven points. Blacklock got a personal foul on a field goal attempt giving the Jets a first down. The very next play his offsides penalty erased a sack. Each week Blacklock falls even more behind a bevy of players drafted after him who contribute positively on a regular basis.

11. The loss to another bottom-dweller has the Texans back in the second spot in the 2022 NFL Draft order. It also feels like the deflating nature of this loss erased some of the good feelings after the victory over the Titans. The Indianapolis Colts come to Houston next week to begin December’s portion of the schedule.

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