After her bronze medal on the beam on Tuesday, Simone Biles revealed her aunt had died suddenly two days earlier.
“At the end of the day, people don’t understand what we’re going through,” Biles said. “Two days ago I woke up and my aunt died unexpectedly, and it wasn’t any easier to be here at the Olympics.
Biles had already withdrawn from the women’s team and several individual competitions last week due to mental health issues. She later revealed that she was hit with the twisties, a gymnastics term to describe dangerous disorientation while twisting in the air.
Biles told reporters on Tuesday that a sports psychologist had helped her feel “more balanced” heading into the beam finals.