“I’m Not Sure Yet”: Simone Biles Clears the Air on Appearing at Paris Olympics 2024

Published 10/11/2021, 12:06 PM EDT
Simone Biles smiles at a teammate during the final day of women’s competition in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for gymnastics in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., June 27, 2021. Picture taken June 27, 2021. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson


With the Gold Over America Tour on in full swing, Simone Biles continues to put her raw talent on full display. Courtesy of her death-defying leaps, she is regarded as the greatest gymnast of all time. However, as fans expected her to provide a sensational performance in Tokyo, things took a u-turn.

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Shocking fans all over the world, Simone withdrew from her events in Tokyo, citing mental health concerns. However, now in a recent interview, she gave her thoughts on competing in three years at Paris Olympics.

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Will Simone Biles return for Paris Olympics?

The iconic gymnast talked about the importance of mental health issues and how athletes should take them seriously. However, when Biles was asked about her plans for the 2024 Paris Olympics, she opened up on the uncertainty of the situation.

“Right now I am trying to take it one step at a time. I really feel like I haven’t fully got to process Tokyo yet. In the back of my head it’s like, ‘Yeah, I’m going to do it.’ But then my body and everything else tells me, ‘No.’ So it’s just like I have to gauge it. I’m not sure yet,” said Biles.

Simone Biles practices uneven bars during the U.S. Women’s Olympic Gymnastics trials in St Louis, Missouri, U.S. June 25, 2021. REUTERS/Lindsey?Wasson?

Undoubtedly, the safety of athletes is of utmost priority these days. Earlier, Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open, owing to the constant media attention, something she wasn’t a fan of. Likewise, Biles highlighted the lesser-known phenomenon called ‘twisties’ claiming it to be the key reason for her withdrawal.

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What are twisties?

This phenomenon came into the limelight after Biles put it forward. Even though many people do not understand this problem, most gymnasts dread it, given its adversities.

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It causes a person to lose their sense of space and dimension when they’re in the air, causing them to lose control of their flips. Thus, the athlete makes extra twists and flips, subjecting itself to grave injuries. This risks the safety of the competitor while not being able to judge their landing properly.

Biles experienced the same in Tokyo and appeared to mess her landing during an event. Hence, the decision was important for her safety.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Gymnastics – Artistic – Women’s Team – Final – Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Tokyo, Japan – July 27, 2021. Simone Biles of the United States in action on the vault. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson/File Photo SEARCH “OLYMPICS DAY 5” FOR TOKYO 2020 OLYMPICS EDITOR’S CHOICE, SEARCH “REUTERS OLYMPICS TOPIX” FOR ALL EDITOR’S CHOICE PICTURES.

To sum it up, Simone Biles is an influential personality in today’s day and age. Even though she came back and won two medals, her decision to withdraw from some events paved the way for many people to open up on mental health issues. Not just sensational, Biles is a revolutionary athlete.

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and 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 center the respect he deserves.

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