“Fine With Stepping Away”: Simone Biles Gives a Heavy-Hearted Update on Her Gymnastics Future

Published 11/11/2021, 8:00 AM EST
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


The heroics of Simone Biles during the Tokyo Olympics 2020 are well known, as her daring step inspired many around the world. Even though she is an example for others, Simone herself has a lot of mental health issues to deal with.

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Continuing to prioritize her mental health, the gymnastics GOAT will only make a comeback to the sport if she is mentally prepared for it.

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Simone won’t do anything that will cost her peace

Simone was young when she appeared in her maiden mega quadrennial games at Rio Olympics 2016. In her first outings itself, Simone marked herself on the top in all five events she stepped in.

Entering Tokyo Olympics 2020, she was already the favorite to shine on the podium, but things took a different turn.

Biles took an unexpected step to withdraw from team finals, citing her mental health issues. However, even her withdrawal from four events did not affect her spotlight. Notably, Simone used her spotlight to shift the focus from the shining medals to the behind-the-curtains struggles of Olympians with mental health. Albeit, she clinched two medals in Tokyo, taking her medal tally up to 7 record-breaking Olympic medals.

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)

After Tokyo Olympics, Simone hasn’t yet returned to her training for competitive gymnastics. In a recent interview with US Weekly, Simone said, “The mental aspect obviously got me during Tokyo and it’s, like, some of those things you can’t ignore and my body didn’t ignore. If we can keep that under control, I would love to train again.”

“But then, at the end of the day, if it costs me my peace, I’m going to step away. And I’m completely fine with stepping away because I’ve been through so much. I’ve accomplished so much.”

Indeed, Simone has achieved way more than what every gymnastics dream of.

Simone Biles’ Astonishing Achievements

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Simone has seven Olympic medals under her belt, four gold, one silver, and two bronze medals. From 2013 to 2019, Biles has clinched 19 gold medals in World Championships. The 24-year-old has in total 32 medals!

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 09: Simone Biles of the United States poses for photographs with her gold medal after the medal ceremony for the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Team on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Biles has been awarded Laureus’ Sportswoman of the Year and other honors. But most importantly, when she was at her lowest, she received a plethora of support from Olympians, fans, and celebrities.

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DIVE DEEPER

“Finding Out What I Really Want To Do”- Simone Biles Is Confident Of A Future Away From Gymnastics

26 days ago

The GOAT of gymnastics stepping away from the mat would be a heartbreaking moment for the fans around the world. However, after everything Simone has suffered, she deserves to keep her health first. Do you think Simone is going to retire soon?

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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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