United Airlines has expressed its support for U.S. gymnast Simone Biles after she pulled out of the group gymatnics
United Airlines Supports Simone Biles And Her Decision To Withdraw
Earlier this month, United Airlines flew Team USA to Tokyo, including 24-year-old gymnast Simone Biles.
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) July 14, 2021
For years, United Airlines has partnered with Team USA and Simone Biles:
— United Airlines (@united) October 10, 2016
But on Tuesday, Biles announced she would not compete in the women’s team event, citing mental health issues. On Thursday, she withdrew from the women’s all-around gymnastics final. This morning she withdrew from the finals for vault and uneven bars:
After further consultation with medical staff, Simone Biles has decided to withdraw from the event finals for vault and the uneven bars. She will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether to compete in the finals for floor exercise and balance beam. pic.twitter.com/kWqgZJK4LJ
— USA Gymnastics (@USAGym) July 31, 2021
Despite the last-minute withdrawals, United Airlines has thrown its support behind Biles. A spokesperson e-mailed the following statement:
“We have huge admiration for Simone Biles — not just for her world-class talent on the mat, but more importantly for the individual she is every day. We’ve been proud to partner with her for years and continue to support her.”
United also tweeted its support:
— United Airlines (@united) July 28, 2021
Others have not been so charitable, calling her a traitor or selfish for pulling out a the very last moment and letting her team down. Nevertheless, Biles’ teammates have also stood behind her.
United Airlines, a sponsor of team USA and of Biles personally, is standing behind Biles’ decision to pull out of competition in several events at the Tokyo Olympic Games. It remains unclear if Biles will compete in the finals for floor exercise and balance beam, but her support from United Airlines is secure.
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image: @Simone_Biles / Twitter