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Chris Waller could barely process what he was seeing. Simone Biles, by his account, the most dominant athlete in the world, had bailed on her planned vault. She nearly fell. Then she walked off the competition floor. “Just absolutely stunned speechless,” Waller, UCLA’s gymnastics coach, said of Biles’ shocking scratch from the women’s gymnastics team final on Tuesday. Despite another sudden ...

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Finally, it all became too much. Simone Biles felt it hours before she took the floor in Tokyo, a nervousness she couldn’t explain as she waited to deliver what everyone except her was sure would be a gold medal for the U.S. women’s gymnastics team.

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