Hoda Kotb Screams Words of Support from the Olympic Stands After Simone Biles Drops Out
Hoda Kotb might just be the USA gymnastics team’s biggest fan.
Unfortunately, Biles withdrew from the women's team gymnastics final after a difficult turn on the vault. “Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue. She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions,” the US Gymnastics team revealed in a statement.
Following her exit, the 24-year-old gymnast watched from the sidleines as her teammates Jordan Chiles, Suni Lee and Grace McCallum competed in the rest of the finals.
Per The New York Times, while Team USA was preparing to perform on the balance beam, Kotb yelled out, “I love you, Simone!” She turned to the crowd and said, “Y’all love Simone Biles!” before Biles responded, “I love you, too, thank you!”’
Kotb’s praises didn’t stop there. “Turn it out for Simone,” the TV personality screamed from the stands toward the team at Tokyo’s Ariake Gymnastics Centre per Today. “Love you Suni and Jordan and Grace, too. Go get ‘em!”
Even without the world champion, Team USA still managed to take home silver medals. After the event, the TV personality shared a tweet praising Biles. Kotb wrote, “Someone said it best. @Simone_Biles already won. She is a class act. Withdrew from team competion after vault... stayed and cheered on her teammates... got them chalk for their hands.. encouraged.. hugged them. She already won. Congrats on the silver medal! @TeamUSA @USAGym.”
Someone said it best. @Simone_Biles already won. She is a class act. Withdrew from team competion after vault... stayed and cheered on her teammates... got them chalk for their hands.. encouraged.. hugged them. She already won. Congrats on the silver medal! @TeamUSA @USAGym? Hoda Kotb (@hodakotb) July 27, 2021
Hours later, Biles told Kotb on Today that she is unsure if she will return for the upcoming gymnastics events. “Physically, I feel good, I'm in shape,” she revealed. “Emotionally, that kind of varies on the time and moment. Coming here to the Olympics and being the head star isn't an easy feat, so we're just trying to take it one day at a time and we'll see.”
Who knew Hoda was such a cheerleader?
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