“They Don’t Know…”- Jordan Chiles Reveals The Untold Sufferings Of Life As A Gymnast

Published 11/07/2021, 9:06 AM EST
ST LOUIS, MISSOURI – JUNE 25: Jordan Chiles competes on uneven bars during day 2 of the women’s 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials – Gymnastics at America’s Center on June 25, 2021 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

The American gymnast, Jordan Chiles, won our hearts with her moves when she performed at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She represented the United States and won a silver medal in the team event. With her mesmerizing steps, she never fails to showcase her talent as well as gracefulness.


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Chiles made her debut in this field in the year 2013 and has never taken a step back since. The legend also joined Simone Biles’ Gold Over America Tour, a post-Olympic all-women tour.


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Chiles will now be seen on an upcoming episode of Taraji P. Henson’s Facebook Watch show, “Peace of Mind with Taraji”. In the episode, she talks about the effect it took on her mental health while competing on the highest levels.

“It su*ks”- Jordan Chiles

Chiles explains in the video how difficult it is for one to opt for gymnastics as a career. Once a favorite hobby, gymnastics has now become a stressful job.

She frankly says that it’s not a very fruitful journey. What we see in the Olympics and their social media is not the reality. They would spend most of the time training in the gym but still would be expected to fulfill social media obligations and “do this, that, or the other.”

“It su*ks. It really does su*k, because behind the scenes is totally different than what we’re showing,” a frustrated Chiles says.

ST LOUIS, MISSOURI – JUNE 27: Jordan Chiles looks on during warm ups prior to the Women’s competition of the 2021 U.S. Gymnastics Olympic Trials at America’s Center on June 27, 2021 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

What makes it harder is the expectations people put on these athletes’ shoulders. Competing at the highest level is not just physically tiring but mentally as well.

“But they don’t understand what we go through to lead up to the moment. Gymnastics is a 24-7 sport. You don’t have time for vacations like everybody else. You don’t have time to go to proms and homecomings,” she says.

People barely understand what it takes and how much it takes to reach up to that level and compete against the best contenders from different countries.

“They don’t know what happens in our family,” she adds. “They don’t know all the other logistics of things that go on in our lives.”

The 20-year-old had a tough experience competing at the highest level. The mental trauma these athletes face every day is far beyond imagination. Prior to this, legendary gymnasts Simone Biles and Suni Lee have also opened up about the pressures of elite gymnastics.

Let’s do it – Chiles determined to make a strong comeback

Substituting Biles in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Chiles had a lot of hiccups in her performance. She concluded her performance on the balance team by falling on the mat. This was really devastating for her.

Jun 25, 2021; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Jordan Chiles competes on the beam during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Gymnastics competition at The Dome at America’s Center. Mandatory Credit: Grace Hollars-USA TODAY Sports

The disappointment was visible on her face. Biles, being her teammate as well as her friend, rushed to comfort and support her. With her confidence and acceptance, she is ready to overcome her shortcomings and work on herself.


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“Yesterday wasn’t the meet of my life but I do have to say I learned a lot from it and ready to go out and show the world why I am here. Thank you to everyone, from my family all the way to my fans. I appreciate you!!!! LETS GO,” Chiles said via her official Twitter handle.


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The world will look forward to Jordan Chiles as she makes a comeback.


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Richa Goswami is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. As an adherent learner, she uses her journalistic persona to navigate through new skills. Richa has completed her schooling at Don Bosco.