Simone Biles went in depth on the “twisties” affliction that is ruining her Olympics in an Instagram Q&A with fans on Friday morning.
“I don’t think you realize how dangerous this is on hard/competitive surface,” Biles wrote after posting then deleting two videos of her attempting a dismount on the uneven bars from that morning.
The “twisties” cause a gymnast to lose a sense of where they are in the air and often leads to dangerous landings.
Her answers in the Q&A cast serious doubt on whether she will compete again in these Olympics. Biles withdrew from the team competition earlier this week after a shaky and awkward landing off the vault. She then passed on the all-around competition, which was won by fellow American Suni Lee.
“I also have no idea how I landed on my feet on that vault because if you look at the pictures and my eyes you can see how confused I am as to where I am in the air,” Biles wrote.
“Thankfully I landed safe enough but I also don’t think some of you realize I was supposed to do a 2½ and I only completed 1½ twists before it looks like I got shot out of the air.”
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Biles qualified in the apparatus finals for the vault, uneven bars, floor exercise and balance beam, which all run early next week. USA Gymnastics said Biles, 24, will continue to be evaluated before deciding if she will be a part of those events.