“Absolutely Love Her”: Simone Biles Thanks Michelle Obama for Support During Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 10/28/2021, 9:45 AM EDT


People from all around the world came out in support of Simone Biles during Tokyo Olympics 2020. One of the most notable names was former American first lady, Michelle Obama. Simone thanked Michelle for her support during her difficulties with mental health.

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The heroics of Biles are well known to the world; she took the brave step of withdrawing from competition, shining a light on the mental health of athletes.  Simone became one of the most decorated gymnasts in history, not only for her moves, but also for her strong personality.

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Simone Biles is in awe of Michelle Obama

Just one match away from the Olympic podium, Simone took a step back from the mat, citing mental health issues. In a world where athletes are exected to put their health in danger to achieve victories, Simone showed everyone the bigger picture of mental health.

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

When Biles had withdrawn from the Tokyo Olympics event, Michelle Obama came forward to extend her support. Michelle tweeted, saying, Am I good enough? Yes, I am. The mantra I practice daily. Simone Biles, we are proud of you and we are rooting for you. Congratulations on the silver medal, Team USA!”

Biles did a reaction to the positive tweets she received in support of her decision. When she came across Michelle’s tweet, Simone just couldn’t stop herself from expressing her gratitude and love for the former first lady of the US.

Simone said, “What’s not to love about Michelle? I absolutely love her. She’s always been so supportive of me and Team USA. I just love her.”

Michelle Obama is an inspiration for many, and getting support from her is a huge motivation for Simone.

Young Simone’s first meeting with Michelle

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Back in 2016, when 19-year-old Simone had established her legacy at the Olympics, she visited the Obama family at the White House.

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Simone is one of the greatest gymnasts ever, and she deserves every bit of the recognition she has received. What she has achieved proves that the number of medals doesn’t define an athlete. Although Simone has seven Olympic medals, it’s not the only thing people appreciate her for, but also her courage, strength, and determination.

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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