Simone Biles coached and cheered on her Team USA teammates after pulling out of the Olympics team all-around final

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Simone Biles coached and cheered on her Team USA teammates after pulling out of the Olympics team all-around final
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Simone Biles chats with her Team USA teammates.
Simone Biles chats with her Team USA teammates. Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

Team USA is fighting for gold in the Tokyo Olympics women's gymnastics team final without its biggest star.

Simone Biles withdrew from the team competition after participating in just one event. Following a brief conversation with her coach, Biles left the gym with a trainer. She returned moments donning her warm-up attire, signifying that she was done for the day.

Simone Biles returns to the gym at the Tokyo Olympics.
Simone Biles returns to the gym at the Tokyo Olympics. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

But the women's gymnastics GOAT was still committed to helping her team win however she could.

Biles was seen coaching her teammates from the sidelines during the final three events of the competition, cheering them on during their routines and offering them words of encouragement during breaks.

Simone Biles cheers on teammate Jordan Chiles.
Simone Biles and Team USA cheer for teammate Jordan Chiles. Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

While Jordan Chiles - her training partner and club teammate - took center stage for her floor routine, Biles reportedly imitated some of the moves as the 20-year-old completed them under the bright lights.

And when Sunisa Lee stepped up for her routine, Biles was "screaming" in support.

The nature of Biles' exit from the competition remains unclear. She entered the games with a lingering ankle injury, and she may have aggravated the issue in the approach to her opening vault on Tuesday.

According to broadcasters covering the event, Biles' coach suggested that her shocking exit was due to mental health concerns. Perhaps the star - who has qualified for every medal event in the Tokyo Olympics' women's gymnastics competition - is taking time to mentally prepare for her coming individual events.

Simone Biles lands after her vault routine.
Simone Biles lands after her vault routine. AP Photo/Gregory Bull

But later in the broadcast, NBC suggested that the issue was actually a physical one after all. Shortly thereafter, USA Gymnastics released an official statement that Biles withdrew "due to a medical issue."

"She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions," the statement continued.

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