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Sport Simone Biles says she didn't 'quit' on USA teammates, claims loss of coordination

12:07  30 july  2021
12:07  30 july  2021 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Simone Biles on Friday addressed those who believe she quit on her fellow U.S. women's gymnastics during the team final at the Tokyo Olympics.

Biles withdrew from the Monday event after a subpar performance in Sunday's first round. The other three team members (Biles noted that, by rule, she could not be replaced in the lineup) scored well enough to earn a silver medal. At first, it was thought Biles exited with a foot injury, but she said after the final that her "mental [was] not there."

Her statement led people to respond that she was soft and selfish and just flat quit, among other criticisms. Biles responded to all of that in the Friday IG story.

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The main reason for withdrawing, she said, was a case of the "twisties," where a gymnast gets a mental block and cannot properly execute twists in the air. The state can result in bad dismounts and possibly injuries.

"I didn't have a bad performance and quit," she wrote in a Q&A with IG users. "I've had plenty of bad performances throughout my career and finished the competition. I simply got so lost my safety was at risk as well as a team medal.

"Therefore the girls stepped up and killed the rest of the competition & won silver. [Heart empoji] QUEENS!!!!"


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She later wrote, "For anyone saying I quit, I didn't quit. My mind & body are simply not in sync." She then posted a clip of a bad dismount from the uneven bars in practice.

"I don't think you realize how dangerous this is on hard/competition surface. Nor do I have to explain why I put health first. Physical health is mental health," she wrote.

She said that this is not the first time she has experienced twisties, but they usually affect her on just the vault and floor exercise — "go figure, the scariest 2."

"But this time it's literally on every event, which sucks . . . really bad," she wrote.

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"It's honestly petrifying doing a skill and but not having your mind & body in sync," she wrote. "10/10 do not recommend." She added a gymnast "literally cannot tell up from down" while in the air when going through twisties. "It's the craziest feeling ever. Not having an inch of control over your body."

She said she wasn't sure when these twisties would go away. Her previous episodes, she said, lasted two or more weeks.

Biles, 24, withdrew from Thursday's all-around a day after bowing out of the team final. She qualified for the finals in four individual events. The first two finals are scheduled for Sunday.

Watch Simone Biles tell USA Gymnastics teammates she was withdrawing from Olympics team final .
Microphones picked up what Biles said as she was telling teammates she was making her exit from the team competition.People criticized the decision; some said she abandoned her teammates and let them down. But video of Biles walking off during the competition shows not only the encouragement she gave them, but also the mutual support they gave her as they continued to fight for a medal in Tokyo.

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