Simone Biles says Tokyo bronze means more than all her golds

Biles decision not to compete in all but one event highlighted the importance of athletes' mental health during the Games.

8/3/2021 6:01:00 PM

Simone Biles says her bronze medal win on the balance beam in Tokyo means more than her gold medals because it represents her focus on mental health and her perseverance.

Biles decision not to compete in all but one event highlighted the importance of athletes' mental health during the Games.

Her decision to withdraw from the competitions highlighted the importance of athletes' mental health.Biles said she chose to compete on the balance beam because"I didn’t have to twist or do anything so it was very much at less risk," especially since she executed a different dismount.

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Biles said she has received a lot of support during the Games, but she was bothered by the misconception of some people that"I was at no risk, and mental health isn’t a serious issue.""The girls saw me in training, my coaches saw me in training like I physically couldn’t do it safely, and it was because I was getting so lost in the air," she said.

"It wasn’t an easy decision so it hurts that people were like 'oh she quit,'" Biles said."I worked five years for that, why would I quit? ... I just don’t quit, that’s not what I do."She said she understood people might be confused since hers wasn't an injury they could see,"so I get that that was hard, but for me, it’s like I need to take a step back and work on myself."

She added she would usually"push things under the rug," but felt doing that would be dangerous this time."At the end of the day we’re not just athletes or entertainment, we’re human too. We have real emotions and sometimes they don’t realize that we have things going on behind the scenes that affect us whenever we go out and compete," Biles said.

The experience was"very emotional, and I’m just proud of myself and just all of these girls as well" she said of her team.Each woman on the team, Suni Lee, Jordan Chiles, Grace McCallum, MyKayla Skinner, Jade Carey, is going home with at least one medal, a reality that would not have come to be had Biles competed in all the events she qualified for.

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my question is for why she destroyed her health and life, to be utilized by NOC authorities as useless garbage Simone Biles is a very determined young lady. I hope she dosen't mind being a role model for young athletes who struggle. Her ability to persevere when the world seems to be so chaotic. Narcissism at its finest.

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🤮 Cmon’ one bronze means more that all her other medals? Hallmark card? W T F E Hmmmm.... okay now go away for a while the media needs to report on more than your mental health. What about it? I hope Novak sees that bronze medal. Oh please See, she can do it without that help of adderall Give me a break!

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