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Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles pulled out of the women's gymnastics team finals on Tuesday to prioritize her mental health and well-being.

The latest: "At the end of the day, I have to do what's right for me and focus on my mental health, and not jeopardize my health and well-being," Biles told reporters in Tokyo. "That's why I decided to kind of take a step back and let them do their work, and they did it."

  • Biles said she's unsure whether she will compete Thursday in the individual all-around competition. "We're going to take it a day at a time. We have a little bit of a break for training, so that will be really nice to have a mental rest day."

What she's saying: "It's been really stressful this Olympic Games, just as a whole not having an audience, there are a lot of different variables going into it, ... I think we're just a little bit too stressed out, but we should be out here having fun and sometimes that's not the case," Biles said.

  • "Gymnastics isn't everything at the end of the day. There's still more to life than gymnastics so I'm not too worried about what happened," Biles said, per reporters in Tokyo. "I'm just trying to gear up for the next couple of days ahead."

State of play: Russian gymnasts, competing under the Russian Olympic Committee flag due to a doping ban, won the gold medal after Biles' withdrawal. Team USA won silver and Britain won bronze.

  • Biles left the competition area with a medical examiner after one rotation on the vault in which she faltered badly. Biles was replaced by Jordan Chiles and returned to the floor to cheer on her teammates.

Our thought bubble, via Axios' Jeff Tracy: When Kerri Strug missed most of her Olympic program in 1996 after injuring her ankle, no one questioned why. If Biles remains out of these Olympics, her supremely talented teammates will still have plenty of individual events to compete in for gold.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with new details and quotes from Biles.

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Tech is going all-in on mental health

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios; Photos: Universal History Archive via Getty Images

More and more, our mental health care is being delivered using tech solutions like smartphone apps, AI-powered chatbots and wearables — especially since the start of the pandemic.

Why it matters: Technology has its flaws, but experts say it has been critical in addressing some of the obstacles in access to mental health care: too few providers and too little insurance coverage.

NASA estimates Tonga volcano exploded with force of 5-6 megatons

A satellite image of Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai volcano on Dec. 24, before the eruption. Photo: Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies

NASA scientists estimate the power of Tonga's volcanic eruption over the weekend to have been 5-6 Megatons of TNT equivalent.

Threat level: Saturday's eruption of the Hunga Tonga Hunga Haʻapai volcano and subsequent tsunami killed at least three people. Scientists warn an "ash-seawater cocktail" poses a potentially toxic health threat, and drinking water could be contaminated.

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New York AG alleges "significant evidence" of Trump Organization fraud

Combination images of former President Trump and New York State Attorney General Letitia James. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images; Scott Heins/Getty Images

New York's attorney general filed a motion Tuesday seeking to compel former President Trump and his two elder children to appear for sworn testimony in her office's civil investigation into the Trump Organization's financial dealings.

Why it matters: Attorney General Letitia James revealed new details in the court filing and a statement on her office's investigation into the Trump Organization's business practices, including a preliminary finding alleging the company used "fraudulent and misleading asset valuations to obtain economic benefits."