WATCH: Simone Biles Displays Signs of Struggle Before Team Final at the Tokyo Olympics

Published 10/02/2021, 11:00 AM EDT
FILE PHOTO: Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Gymnastics Artistic Training – Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Tokyo, Japan – July 22, 2021 Simone Biles of the United States during training REUTERS/File Photo


Simone Biles delivered one of the most defining moments of the Tokyo Olympics earlier this year. During her performance on the vault in the women’s team event final, the star gymnast suffered the ‘twisties’ midway through a tough move.

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Following the incident, the 24-year-old withdrew from three individual finals citing mental health issues. However, a video of Biles shows she didn’t feel like the best version of herself a day before the women’s team final.

Simone Biles felt she put too much pressure on herself before the Tokyo Olympics

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Recently, Biles appeared in a docuseries titled “Simone vs Herself”. It was created by Religion by Sports, whose founders are former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan and Tom Brady.

In a video shared by Strahan, Biles spoke about how her mood changed between morning practice and afternoon practice the day before the team final. She said“Today’s been a little bit of a rough day. Feel like I just put too much pressure on myself and everything that’s happening.

“We have team final tomorrow. Morning practice was great. Came in afternoon practice, wasn’t good at all. Just like, just like my head. I just feel like I’m overthinking everything because we’re thinking about tenths, and trying to get those back and not get them deducted.”

The 24-year-old then took to attempting a few flips, after which she mentioned how she was struggling to balance herself mentally. “Like, I know how to do gymnastics, it’s just frick.”

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Biles won two medals at the Tokyo Olympics

Although Biles pulled out midway through the team final, her teammates rallied to secure a silver medal for Team USA. After withdrawing from the vault, all-around and floor exercise finals, she competed in the balance beam final. She clinched her second medal in Tokyo to end her time in the Japanese capital on a high note.

TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 03: Simone Biles of Team United States poses with the bronze medal during the Women’s Balance Beam Final medal ceremony on day eleven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on August 03, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The 24-year-old is currently on her ‘Gold Over America’ tour, which will continue for the next five weeks.

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