The gymnastics team final produced some drama that no one anticipated on Tuesday. American gymnast Simone Biles withdrew from the competition after just a single vault attempt. She pulled out due to a medical issue after being seen talking to trainers following her vault attempt.
With Biles out of the competition, the door was wide open for the Russian Olympic Committee. ROC took advantage of the situation and finished with a team score of 169.528 to win the gold medal. The United States earned a silver medal with a team score of 166.096 and Great Britain took home the bronze medal with a team score of 164.096.
"Physically, I feel good, I'm in shape," Biles told Hoda Kotb on TODAY following her withdrawal. "Emotionally, that kind of varies on the time and moment. Coming to the Olympics and being head star isn't an easy feat, so we're just trying to take it one day at a time and we'll see."
Despite Biles' departure, the United States fought to stay near the top of the standings in the competition.
American Suni Lee had a very strong performance that resulted in an impressive score of 15.400 on the uneven bars. It was the best score of Lee's gymnastics career and a necessary sequence for the Americans. She also excelled on the balance beam, as did Jordan Chiles.
Chiles -- who competed on the uneven bars and balance beam in place of Biles when she wasn't expecting to have to do so -- landed a double pike on her dismount of the balance beam and the United States trailed the Russian Olympic Committee by eight-tenths of a point heading into the floor exercise.
But the floor exercise wasn't kind to the Americans.
Grace McCallum and Chiles both landed out of bounds during their routines. In addition, Chiles fell during one of her attempts, which proved to be the nail in the coffin for the United States' hopes of winning gold.
By taking silver, the United States missed out on a chance at making history. The United States had a shot at winning their third consecutive all-around gold medal after being victorious at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics. If the Americans had won gold, they would've been the first squad to win three straight gold medals in the event since the Soviet Union accomplished the feat from 1952 to 1960.