Tokyo Olympics while you were sleeping: Simone Biles thanks supporters, US swimmers pile up medals

The biggest story of the Tokyo Olympics remains Simone Biles withdrawing from the women’s team and all-around gymnastics competitions.

Hours before Thursday’s all-around started without her, Biles took to Twitter to thank people for the “love and support” she has received since USA Gymnastics announced she would not compete so she can focus on her mental health.

Biles said the reaction – which included Olympic legend Michael Phelps saying he could relate to her sentiments and support from former gymnast Dominique Moceanu – made her “realize I’m more than my accomplishments and gymnastics which I never truly believed before.”

Here are some of the other notable things you missed Thursday in Tokyo while you were sleeping:

Another banner day in the pool

Swimmers continued to pile up the medals for Team USA on Thursday.

Two golds came in as star Caeleb Dressel secured his first individual medal of these Games with an Olympic record time in the men’s 100 freestyle. More surprising was the gold medal captured by Bobby Finke thanks to a dramatic comeback in the men’s 800-meter freestyle.

Katie Ledecky helped Team USA secure a silver medal with a strong swim from the anchor spot in the women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay. The United States also got two medals in the women’s 200-meter butterfly as Regan Smith and Hali Flickinger claimed silver and bronze, respectively.


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