Simone Biles' teammates Jordan Chiles and Grace McCallum have vowed to stick by her "no matter what."
The pair opened up about Tuesday's performance where they managed to bag a silver medal in the team competition and expressed their support for Biles after the athlete's withdrawal from the competition.
"I was there for her, I supported her, I did try to tell her, 'Look, you know how to do everything, this is you, this is your moment, it's all up to you,'" Chiles said on Wednesday.
"I really can't say a lot because she has to tell her own story, but all I know is I'm going to support her no matter what. I am her teammate, I am her best friend like she said. This is the moment that I think that I truly realize that I've gotten so much closer to her than I really thought. She's my ride or die. I will forever be by her side."
Biles, who is considered one of the world's greatest gymnasts, was forced to withdraw from the Tokyo 2020 Games earlier this week, citing "internal" mental health concerns as her reasons.
The twenty-four-year-old admitted she doesn't "trust herself as much" as she used to and therefore made the difficult decision to turn down Olympic glory this year.
"Physically, I feel good, I'm in shape," Biles admitted after she decided to withdraw. "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."
Biles praised her fellow teammates, writing on Instagram Tuesday that they "stepped up when I couldn't."
People have praised the girls on social media for their hard work and dedication in the face of adversity...
One Facebook user wrote: "These young women are amazing. And Simone's choice to care for her health shows her intelligence. By stepping out, she and her teammates got a silver medal. Incredible women all!"
While another commented: "How about we focus on how hard these girls worked and not that Simone left the competition. These girls deserve as much attention for their success."
Biles has not yet announced whether she will take part in any of the other events, but McCallum and Chiles have both said they will support her no matter what she chooses to do, even though they both hope she will participate.
"Whatever she puts her mind to," Chiles said. "She's Simone for a reason. She's not a quitter. You will never see Simone just go out there and not do what she knows she can do."
Chiles, McCallum, and Suni Lee were beaten by the Russian Olympic Committee by just 3.5 points to win the silver medal, and we couldn't be more proud of their amazing achievement!