“It Happened More Times Than I Would’ve Wanted “-Simone Biles on Dealing With the Twisties at the Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 08/12/2021, 2:52 PM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Gymnastics – Artistic – Women’s Team – Final – Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Tokyo, Japan – July 27, 2021. Simone Biles of the United States in action on the vault. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson/File Photo SEARCH “OLYMPICS DAY 5” FOR TOKYO 2020 OLYMPICS EDITOR’S CHOICE, SEARCH “REUTERS OLYMPICS TOPIX” FOR ALL EDITOR’S CHOICE PICTURES.


Simone Biles’s withdrawal from Tokyo Olympics 2020 was unexpected. After her exit, fans came to know more about the gymnastics world. Simone Biles took an important step towards her mental health, showcasing its importance for athletes.

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Olympians have a lot of pressure on their shoulders to produce their best. Simone Biles, known for her perfect landing, had an awful fall in the team event. Biles, later on, explained to her team that she had ‘twisties.’

Simone Biles faced twisties at her Tokyo Olympics 2020 practice

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Every gymnastics fan saw Biles take turns in the air, and expected to see the perfect landing. However, she fell awfully on the ground and left the match. Everyone thought she faced an injury, but it was something unknown to fans but common in the gymnastics world.

‘Twisties’ is a moment of mental pressure, with leads to a blackout during the landing. Simone Biles lost control of her body and fell to the ground. Albeit her landing was not adverse, and she was safe.

But Simone Biles knew if she would continue her, she would get injured. A Twitter user posted a throwback video of 2002 showcasing an example of what could have happened to Biles.

Biles then replied to the tweet saying “oh yeah, it happened more times than I would’ve wanted in practice at the game.” Her reply puts light on how she was even struggling in her practice sessions and took the right step to withdraw.

Sim0ne Biles overcame twisties to win a medal in the balance beam event

When everyone thought Simone Biles’s campaign was over at Tokyo Olympics 2020, she made a comeback. In the balance beam event, Simone Biles represented the team USA.

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Even after a break and stressful year, Biles clinched the bronze medal in the event. Taking her medal tally up to seven Olympic medals and becoming the most decorated US gymnasts.

Jordan Chiles makes a kiss face towards Simone Biles as they pose for a photo after being named to the Olympic team after the final day of women’s competition in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for gymnastics in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., June 27, 2021. Picture taken June 27, 2021. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson

Team USA secured six medals at the mega-event in artistic gymnastics. Even after their strongest athlete, not competing, other members did not disappoint their nation.

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Biles’s journey at Tokyo Olympics inspired many athletes around the world. Every athlete who used to hamper their mental health under pressure might get the courage to take a step back when needed.

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is an NBA and Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. A graduate of Political Science, Shreya comes from a strong sports background. A professional 10m air pistol shooter, Shreya is also a tennis enthusiast.

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