Withdrawing from team competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics left a bad taste for Simone Biles, who pointed out that the mental is very important for athletes
American gymnast Simone Biles declared, after retiring from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games team competition, that she no longer trusts herself so much.
“After the performance I did, I didn’t want to continue. I have to focus on my mental health. I think mental health is more present in sport right now“said the gymnast.
“We have to protect our mind and body and not just do what the world wants us to do,” he said.
“I don’t trust myself so much anymore. Maybe it’s getting older. There were a couple of days when everyone was tweeting at you and you felt the weight of the world. We are not just athletes. We are people after all and sometimes you have to take a step back, “he continued.
“I didn’t want to go out and do something stupid and get hurt. I think the fact that many athletes speak has been very helpful. This is so big, it’s the Olympics. At the end of the day, we do not want to be taken out of there on a stretcher, “he said.
Simone Biles withdrew from the Olympic team final after doing only the first exercise, the jump.
After obtaining with her jump, an Amanar with a turn and a half, a note of 13,766, the worst among the members of her team, the reigning Olympic champion left the stage with the team doctor and returned a few minutes later.
In the asymmetric ones, in which she was going to start (there are three per country in each device), she was replaced by Jordan Chiles. Shortly after, it was announced that he would not play the rest of the final. His team ended up winning the silver medal, behind Russia and ahead of Great Britain.
Already this Monday, the eve of the team final, Biles wrote on his social networks: “It was not an easy day or my best day, but I got over it. I really feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders sometimes.”
“I know I shake it off and make it look like the pressure doesn’t affect me, but damn, it’s hard sometimes hahaha! The Olympics aren’t a joke! But I’m happy my family was able to be With me virtually, they mean the world to me! “
“YOU CAN DO THIS WITHOUT ME”
“They can do this without me“Simone Biles told her teammates on the US gymnastics team when she announced that she was withdrawing from the team final.
“I’m proud of how the girls stepped up and did what they had to do“Biles said after finishing the final, in which Russia won gold and the United States lost a competition for the first time since 2010.
“I owe it to the girls, it has nothing to do with me,” he commented on the medal. “I am very proud of them,” insisted Biles, who left “due to a health problem,” reported her federation, without further details.
Asked what he said to the rest of the team when he retired after the jumping exercise, Biles said: “I told them: ‘You have done all the training, you can do this without me, and it will be fine.’