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Why Simone Biles withdrew from the Olympic women's gymnastics team final -- 'You have to be 100%'

One vault and Simone Biles' night ended.

The final U.S. gymnast to compete during the first rotation in Tuesday's Olympic team finals, Biles opened early on an Amanar and seemed to lose where she was in the air. The best vaulter in the world landed low on what became a Yurchenko one-and-a-half (instead of two-and-a-half) and took a massive step forward.

Afterward, she sat with the team doctor, surrounded by her teammates, and shook her head. "I'm fine," she said multiple times before leaving the arena.

If Biles is known for anything, it is her technical superiority and air awareness.