Simone Biles Statement on Withdrawal from Olympic Finals

July 29, 2021

Legendary 24-year-old Olympic gymnast, Simone Biles, made the decision to withdrawal from the Tokyo Olympic Finals to prioritize her mental health. Simone Biles spoke to NPR about her mental health and her mindset before the finals. Biles stated that she was shaking before the Olympic team gymnastics final and that she withdrew after realizing that the “mental’s not there.”

Here is a statement from Simone Biles on her decision to withdraw; “I just felt like it would be a little bit better to take a back seat, work on my mindfulness. And I knew that the girls would do an absolutely great job. And I didn’t want to risk the team a medal for kind of my screwups, because they’ve worked way too hard for that. So I just decided that those girls need to go and do the rest of our competition.”

Source: NPR

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