Sport Simone Biles says she didn't 'quit' on USA teammates, claims loss of coordination
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Simone Biles has taken home a lot of hardware during her impressive gymnastics career.However, it wasn't always easy for her. During the 2013 season, she was unsure of how far she could get in the sport.
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.
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.
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,". "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!!!!"
Video: Suni Lee: there was a point in time where I wanted to quit (Yahoo! Sports)
Aaron Rodgers empathizes with Simone Biles, says he worked on 'mental state' in offseason
Aaron Rodgers, back in camp with the Green Bay Packers after an offseason of discontent, empathized with Olympian Simone Biles deciding to focus on her mental health during his first media availability of training camp on Wednesday. "I think it's important that we work on our mental state and as you've seen with Simone Biles, I think there needs to be more conversation around that," Rodgers said.Rodgers was asked what it was like to miss organized team practice activities (OTAs) for the first time in his career and said it was "great." He then spoke of Biles and the need to de-clutter his mind over the offseason.
She, "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.
Simone Biles posted this on her Instagram stories. It shows and explains why she pulled when she did.— amanda noell (@amanda522)
"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— "go figure, the scariest 2."
"But this time it's literally on every event, which sucks . . . really bad," she wrote.
"It's honestly petrifying doing a skill and but not having your mind & body in sync,". "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,.
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.
Aaron Rodgers 'Very Proud' of Simone Biles .
The Packers QB credited Biles for speaking her truth in her mental health journey. When U.S. gymnast Simone Biles withdrew from the Tokyo Games citing her mental health, it set off a global conversation about mental health in sports and the pressure athletes endure to perform even when they're not at their best.After opening up about her personal journey on the world's biggest stage, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers credited Biles on Friday for having the courage to share her truth and the mental battles she's faced.