‘For Anyone Saying I Quit’- Simone Biles Makes a Strong Statement After Criticism From Media and Fans

Published 07/30/2021, 3:15 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Gymnastics – Artistic – Women’s Team – Final – Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Tokyo, Japan – July 27, 2021. Simone Biles of the United States during the Women’s Team Final REUTERS/Dylan Martinez


The Tokyo Olympics 2020 has provided a lot of exciting and shocking moments. Among these, one moment that stands out would be the withdrawal of Simone Biles from the gymnastics competitions. The US superstar withdrew from the team Artistic Gymnastics event because of mental health issues. Subsequently, she withdrew from the individual artistic gymnastics events as well.

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The concerns of the mental health of athletes have been well documented in recent times. Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal from the French Open was because of the same aforementioned reason. Biles opened up about her troubles on Instagram.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Gymnastics – Artistic – Women’s Team – Final – Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Tokyo, Japan – July 27, 2021. Simone Biles of the United States during the Women’s Team Final REUTERS/Mike Blake TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Simone Biles opens up about her withdrawal from Tokyo Olympics 2020

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The famous gymnast revealed why she moved on with the decision.

“For anyone saying I quit, I didn’t quit. My mind and body are simply not in sync…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,” wrote Biles.

The gymnast was expected to win the gold medals in all the events. However, she focused on prioritizing mental health before individual glory. Her withdrawal from the event showcased the problems she had, and it was the right decision.

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When asked about the time she would take for recovery, Biles gave an honest answer regarding her troubles.

“Typically for me it’s usually 2 or more weeks when I’ve had them before. Honestly no telling/time frame something you have to take literally day by day, turn by turn. I was fighting demons but I did it. Petrified too,” claimed Biles.

Biles struggled to perform

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During the artistic gymnastic qualifications, it was quite clear that she couldn’t land properly on her regular routines. Not being in the right frame of mind during these events is dangerous, considering the death-defying leaps and jumps a gymnast makes.

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Despite not competing, she supported her teammates in the team Artistic Gymnastics event. It showed the passion she has for the sport.

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Many people consider mental health issues a taboo in today’s society. Biles’ decision speaks volumes about the troubles athletes face during these events. With big expectations and pressure, athletes are humans as well. So the mental health issues are important to be dealt with and fans should support athletes rather than criticizing them.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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