Backing Away From Tokyo 2020 Olympic Finals, Simone Biles Prioritizes Mental Health

Simone Biles Withdraws From 2020 Tokyo Olympic Finals

Gymnast Simone Biles withdrew from the women’s team final at the 2020 Tokyo Olympicson Tuesday (7/27/2021). The 24-year-old athlete stepped down on mental health grounds. After the final round won by the Russia Olympic Committee team, Biles explained her decision. Sambal sobbed, he said he wanted to focus more on protecting his physical and mental.

“Every time you’re in a situation with a high level of stress, you get scared. I have to focus on mental health without threatening my health and wellbeing. It sucks to have to fight your own mind,” the artistic gymnast from the United States said, as reported by CNN.

Simone Biles also said the athletes competing in the Olympics were not only athletes, but in the end they were still ordinary human beings. After Biles resigned, the U.S. gymnastics team planned to ‘rest mentally’ on Wednesday (7/28/2021).

Despite performing without Biles, the United States artistic gymnastics team was still able to perform at its best. They won the silver medal with 166,096, while the bronze medal was won by Great Britain.

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Simone Biles’ performance at the 2020 Olympics was not as great as her performances in previous competitions. As quoted by Antara News, this ohio-born woman landed imperfectly when finishing her floor gymnastics number in the women’s gymnastics preliminary match, Sunday (7/25/2021).

Biles did finish the jump table at the highest position compared to all gymnasts. But he was unstable when completing the balance beam. Next, Biles was only able to finish 10th, when playing a tiered crossbar.

The excitement in the preliminary round was what finally led him to withdraw, when his team only started the women’s team match against Russia in the final.

“You have to be 100% ready. Otherwise, you can be wretched. Today was really stressful. I’m shaking. Can’t take a nap. I’ve never felt like this when I’m going to race and I’ve been trying to calm down and have fun. But once I came back, I was like, ‘No. Mentally I’m not ready,'” said the athlete who earned the nickname The Queen of Gymnastics.

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