Tokyo 2020

Tokyo 2020

No, Simone Biles and the US Gymnastics Team Didn't 'Settle' For Silver — They Won It

The US Women's Gymnastics Team overcame the loss of Simone Biles to win silver at the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo, and we can't undervalue that.

7/27/2021 10:16:00 PM

.Simone_Biles, sunisalee_, grace_mccallum2, and ChilesJordan faced unimaginable pressure and obstacles — and *still* managed to make it to the podium at Tokyo2020. 👏

The US Women's Gymnastics Team overcame the loss of Simone Biles to win silver at the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo, and we can't undervalue that.

read,"Katie Ledecky, the American swimmer, had never lost at the Olympics until Monday." Ledecky didn't win the silver — she simply lost the gold. You could say she"settled for silver," a common phrase we use during the Olympics. In other words, and to quote Ricky Bobby (yep, we're going there),"if you're not first, you're last" — at least if you're an American gold medal favorite in the Olympic Games.

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Now let's take a step back and look at that phrasing:"settled for silver." Objectively, it's a ludicrous idea that an athlete can"settle" for being the second-best in the world. It takes a lot of audacity, as spectators, to be underwhelmed when an athlete finishes a few hundredths of a second off the world's best in the pool, or is docked a few tenths of a point off on world-class balance beam routine.

Beyond that, belittling a silver or bronze is disrespectful to athletes who work their entire lives to simply make it to the Olympics, a feat that a fraction of the world's population will achieve in their lifetime. If a silver medal is disappointing, what does that make a bronze? What does that say to the athlete who finished off the podium entirely, or didn't qualify for the finals?

Objectively, it's a ludicrous idea that an athlete can"settle" for being the second-best in the world.Of course, different athletes have different expectations, proportionate to their skill level. Simone Biles is the best gymnast in the world; our expectations for her are naturally higher than they are for virtually anyone else, and her talent warrants that. At the same time, just because Biles, Sunisa Lee, Jordan Chiles, and Grace McCallum didn't take gold in the team event doesn't mean their silver is a failure. On the contrary, how impressive is it that this team could go down a member (and not just any member — again, Biles is

greatest gymnast of all time) and still rally for a spot on the podium, even making it a close race?Any Olympic medal and really, even qualifying for the Olympics, is a testament to an athletes' skill, strength, and ability to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. What we saw in the gymnastics team final was a very public example; behind the scenes, athletes weather even more,

as all US gymnastics fans should know.It's not our place to decide what an athlete's results mean to them, whether a silver is a disappointment or a triumph, whether making it to the Olympics was a victory in itself or a footnote in a medal-studded journey. What we do know is that to devalue a silver or bronze medal out of hand, and to assume that the athlete themselves are disappointed in it, is to devalue the competition as whole and the work the athlete put in to be there at all. So, let's clarify. You don't settle for a silver or a bronze. You earn it. You win it.

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POPSUGAR Simone_Biles sunisalee_ grace_mccallum2 ChilesJordan Would have been better if NBC aired at least the top 5 instead of just the top 2 teams. There are a lot of talented gymnasts that were there. These women are top 2 in the WORLD, not just second to ROC. Congrats, ladies.

Simone Biles Pulls Out Of U.S. Gymnastics Team Final With “Medical Issue” – OlympicsReigning Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles is out of today’s events in Tokyo after appearing to sustain an injury while participating in the Team Final, the International Gymnastics Federati… She is amazing. Pushed herself beyond what most people do. N That sucks This totally sucks, Simone is amazing to watch, one of the best gymnasts of all time

U.S. women win silver in team gymnastics final after Simone Biles withdraws 'due to medical issue'The U.S. won silver Tuesday in women’s gymnastics after star Simone Biles withdrew from the team final in Tokyo. The Russian Olympic Committee won gold and Great Britain won bronze. The U.S. was hoping to clinch their third straight championship 😰😱😢

Tokyo Olympics: U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team Loses Gold Medal To Russia After Simone Biles Pulls OutBiles left due to a “medical issue” after competing on the vault. Jordan Chiles is beautiful Thanks to Simone Biles score, America managed to get the Silver. Tweet Rewrite: USA women WIN SILVER medal despite Biles not being able to participate!! We are proud of all of these amazing young women! ❤️

With Simone Biles out, US women's gymnastics finishes 2nd in Olympic team finalTeam USA fought to the end to take the silver medal behind the Russian Olympic Committee despite losing superstar Simone Biles, who withdrew from the competition. The reason USA came second has little or nothing to do with her injury. Opposition was better . Congratulations Women's gymnastics team USA! Down a teammate and you still pulled out the silver. Incredible performances by all! Helllooo! Even if SimoneBiles had continued let’s give credit where credit is due. The ROC earned that Gold congratulations to them. And congratulations to TeamUSA womensgymnastics for getting the Silver

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