“I Woke Up- Lost It”- Simone Biles Case Finds Similarities With Conor McGregor

Published 09/28/2021, 7:15 AM EDT
USA’s Simone Biles reacts after taking bronze in the Women’s Balance Beam Final at Ariake Gymnastic Centre on the eleventh day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. Picture date: Tuesday August 3, 2021. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)


Earlier this year, Simone Biles sent shock waves around the world during the Tokyo Olympics. Billed as a favorite to be dripped in gold, the 24-year-old suffered an unexpected lack of awareness during her performance on the vault in the women’s team final.

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Although she landed safely, she withdrew from three finals citing mental health issues. While this sparked a debate among millions, Biles revealed how her mind comprehended her struggles in the Japanese capital.

Simone Biles shares an analogy to describe her experience in Tokyo

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At just 19 years old, Biles established herself as one of the best gymnasts in the 2016 Rio Olympics. She won four gold medals and a bronze medal that year, adding more laurels to her name in future competitions.

However, she faced her fair share of hardships in recent years. Among them features her testifying against former USA Gymnastics coach Larry Nassar along with other gymnasts who were victims of Nassar’s actions.

TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 03: Simone Biles of Team United States reacts before the Women’s Balance Beam Final at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on August 03, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Xavier Laine/Getty Images)

Her withdrawal from events in Tokyo saw some people mention she withdrew because she didn’t want to compete in Tokyo. During a recent appearance, the 24-year-old revealed how her state of mind related to someone suddenly losing their eyesight and going to work because everyone says so.

She said“Say up until you’re 30 years old, you have your complete eyesight. One morning, you wake up, you can’t see s**t, but people tell you to go on and do your daily job as if you still have your eyesight. You’d be lost, wouldn’t you? That’s the only thing I can relate it to. I have been doing gymnastics for 18 years. I woke up — lost it. How am I supposed to go on with my day?”

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Conor McGregor used a similar analogy years ago

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Biles’ words sound quite similar to those used by Irish MMA star Conor McGregor, albeit less aggressive. During a rest period in a training session, the 33-year-old referenced Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh to mention how engrossed he was in the sport.

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He said“I’ve lost my mind doing this game like Vincent van Gogh. He dedicated his life to his art, and lost his mind in the process. That’s happened to me.” The Irishman later admitted his efforts would pay once his loved ones would prosper due to his success.

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Performing at the highest level of sport isn’t easy, especially with the expectations riding on an athlete’s shoulders. Hence, Biles’ actions in Tokyo led the way in giving mental health more importance in the future.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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