TOKYO (AP) — Maybe American gymnast Simone Biles' decision to opt out of the Olympic team and all-around competitions isn't so stunning after all. Biles has spent most of the last five years dealing with outsized expectations.
“I didn’t want to go out there and do something dumb and get hurt and be negligent,” she said after the Americans took the silver in the team event. “So, I knew for myself that I had to take a step back.”
Something that's been increasingly difficult since her return to the sport in the fall of 2017.
She made a promise to herself when she came back that she would be doing it on her terms. Her way. Here's AP's analysis:
Here's a roundup of more of the latest stories from Tokyo, including an updated medal count, TV schedule and photo gallery, plus a look ahead to what's in store for Thursday:
US women's hoops team wins 3-on-3 gold
Their scrapbooks and trophy cases are filled with memories from Final Fours, national titles, All-America honors and even some impressive showings in the pros. Now, they have Olympic gold medals to go with all that.
The U.S. team of Stefanie Dolson, Allisha Gray, Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young took an early lead against the team from Russia, then held on for an 18-15 victory Wednesday to win the title in the debut of 3-on-3 basketball at the Olympics.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
All times Eastern
8 p.m., USA — Women's Beach Volleyball (Pool D): U.S. vs. Kenya
9:25 p.m., CNBC — Men's and Women's (Quarterfinals)
2:10 a.m. (Thursday), USA — Women's Canoeing (Slalom Final)
8 p.m., NBC — Men's Diving (Synchronized Springboard Finals)
12:55 a.m. (Thursday), CNBC — Women's Fencing (Team Foil Semifinal)
5:30 a.m. (Thursday), NBCSN — Women's Fencing (Team Foil Gold And Bronze Medal Games)
6:30 p.m., GOLF — Men's Golf (Round 1)
8 p.m., NBC — Men's Gymnastics (Individual All-Around)
6:50 a.m. Thursday, Peacock streaming service — Women’s all-around final
8 p.m., CNBC — Men's and Women's Rowing (Single, Double Sculls Finals)
9 p.m., USA — Women's Rugby (Group Play)
3:30 a.m. (Thursday), USA — Women's Rugby (Group Play)
8 p.m., NBC — Men's and Women's Swimming (Finals)
6 a.m. (Thursday), USA — Men's and Women's Swimming (Heats: 800m Free & More)
11 p.m., USA — Women's Table Tennis (Semifinal)