Simone Biles’ sponsors stand by her after she withdraws from Olympic events

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By Chauncey Alcorn, CNN Business

Simone Biles’ sponsors offered statements of enactment Wednesday pursuing her determination to pull retired of Thursday’s individual, all-around gymnastics contention astatine the Tokyo Olympics.

The 24-year-old champion cited mental wellness concerns arsenic the crushed for her earlier withdrawal from Tuesday’s squad competition during interviews with reporters successful Tokyo. Biles whitethorn still compete successful adjacent week’s idiosyncratic lawsuit finals.

Athleta main marque serviceman Kyle Andrew said the sports apparel institution stands by Biles and supports her good being “both successful and retired of competition.” Biles signed an endorsement declaration with Athleta earlier this twelvemonth aft ending her declaration with Nike.

“Being the champion besides means knowing however to instrumentality attraction of yourself,” Andrew told CNN Business via email connected Wednesday. “We are inspired by her enactment contiguous and are down her each measurement of the way.”

On Tuesday, Biles said she was going to instrumentality the remainder of the Olympics “one time astatine a time” arsenic she looks to adhd to her haul of 4 golden medals won astatine the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Visa, different jock sponsor, recognizes Biles’ “incredibly brave decision,” said elder vice president of planetary sponsorship strategy Andrea Fairchild. The determination “shows however Simone is capable to animate some connected and disconnected the mat.”

Biles is 1 of the 102 Olympic athletes Visa sponsors successful conjunction with its Team Visa program. “We privation her good successful the days ahead,” Fairchild added.

Protein shingle marque Core Power tweeted Wednesday greeting that Biles is “showing america each that her courageousness and spot widen good beyond the mat.”

“We’re successful awe of you contiguous and each day,” the institution added connected Twitter on with a goat emoji (a notation to GOAT, oregon top of each time.)

Core Power told CNN Business it has partnered with Biles for the past six years and that she has been 1 of its marque ambassadors since 2016. The institution launched a caller advertisement run featuring Biles connected June 29.

“We’ve supported her carnal betterment with Core Power macromolecule shakes, and arsenic a institution we unequivocally enactment her afloat and implicit health,” the institution said via email.

Team USA sponsor United Airlines weighed successful Wednesday day with its ain connection praising Biles.

“We person immense admiration for Simone Biles — not conscionable for her world-class endowment connected the mat, but much importantly for the idiosyncratic she is each day,” the institution said successful an email. “We’ve been arrogant to spouse with her for years and proceed to enactment her.”

Nabisco likewise said it was “proud to enactment Simone Biles contiguous and each day.” The snacks shaper announced its latest partnership with Biles and different Team USA Olympic athletes successful May.

Uber Eats, which featured Biles successful its “Tonight I’ll beryllium eating” commercials precocious past year, said Wednesday that it besides stands by her. “She has shown existent spot some wrong and extracurricular of the gym, mounting an unthinkable illustration for athletes astir the world.”

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