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American gymnastics superstar Simone Biles says the wave of support she received after pulling out of two flagship Olympic women’s gymnastics events has changed the way she sees herself.
“The overwhelming love and support I received made me realize that I am more than my accomplishments and my gymnastics that I never really believed in before,” Biles said in a tweet.
The greatest gymnast of all time suddenly pulled out of the team final on Sunday after a difficult jump. In comments later, she explained that she made the decision because she wanted to preserve her sanity.
Wednesday, on the eve of the all-around final, USA Gymnastics said Biles would not compete.
Team USA supported Biles’ decision. “Your strength and courage to focus on your well-being is something we can all learn from”, said in a tweet. “Thank you for being the leader that you are.”
Current and former Olympians are also opening up to the pressures facing the world’s best athletes.
“Simone Biles. Dude, what an athlete and competitor. We put the athletes first, but people forget about the daily grind, the demands and all the hype has an impact on a person,” said Monica, player. of American softball. Abbott said. “Mental health is a big topic right now, it’s probably a topic that hasn’t been discussed in the past when it has to be.”
Dominique Moceanu, retired American gymnast and gold medalist in 1996, declared Biles decision “Shows that we have a say in our own health – a word I NEVER felt like I had as an Olympic athlete. “