The American gymnast Simone Biles knows that other athletes “are going through the same thing” as her and considered that “much more should be said” about the mental health of athletes, “especially with them.”
“I know some of us are going through the same things, and we are always told to get over it, but we are all older and can speak for ourselves. After all,” he said, “we are not just entertainment. We are human, and there are things that happen behind the scenes that we also try to reconcile with sports, “he reflected.
Biles returned to competition on Tuesday with a bronze medal in the Olympic barre final, after a week off.
Explained that “the only reason” why he participated in the bar, unlike in the other finals, is because the exercise does not contain pirouettes, “Thank God,” he said.
In fact, Biles changed his usual exit, which does take a twist, for another with a double pike somersault.
“At the last moment we decided to change the start, which I probably hadn’t done since I was 12 years old, because I’ve always done pirouette since I was 13 or 14 years old,” he said.
The impossibility of doing the pirouettes, due to an episode of disconnection between the gymnast’s mind and body, was what led Biles to withdraw from the team final and not participate in the rest, to avoid physical damage.
“At the bar the work is easy. I’ve always been able to do it. I couldn’t go out in any other final, so it sucked, but I was able to compete in teams. Well, the only jump I did was great, but then, from there, it was like going from day to day and seeing how it was going. For the other finals, physically and mentally it was not certain that I could do the difficulties without endangering my health and safety.“, he affirmed in a press conference,
“I had to be medically evaluated every day and then I had two sessions with a team sports psychologistbut I’ve been training the bar every day, “he said.
“It has been a very long week, it has been five very long years”, he assured.
“I didn’t expect to get a medal,” he said of the bronze won at the bar. “This bronze,” he added, “is more special than the one on the balance beam in Rio. I will cherish it for a long time.”
“Having one more chance to compete in the Olympics means a world to me,” he said.
Biles said that the Chinese Guan Chenchen and Xijing Tang, gold and silver in the bar, “deserve the one and the two.”
“Having these two gymnasts by my side … they did absolutely incredible. I have seen them train very hard,” he said.
Regarding the great revelation of the Games, the Brazilian Rebeca Andrade, gold and silver in these Games, said that her performance in Tokyo has been “totally amazing, with everything that has happened and has come forward”, referring to her repeated injuries on your knees.
“It’s inspiring, I know she’s had a lot of injuries, but seeing her at these Olympics and doing so well has been very exciting for me because I’ve seen her go through all of that. I’m sure she will do very well in the years to come and for years to come. that this is just the beginning for her, “he said.