WATCH: Simone Biles’ Mother Advises Her to Prioritize Mental Health at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 09/30/2021, 2:22 PM 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

Gripped with fear and uncertainty, the world watched Simone Biles step away from the mat at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. No one, including Biles herself, was expecting things to pan out the way they did. To everyone’s surprise, Biles withdrew from her match, citing mental health concerns.

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Notably, ahead of the big decision, Biles called her mom from Tokyo when she went outside during the match.

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Simone Biles’ mom gave her the confidence to withdraw

Biles’ haters attacked her for withdrawing from the Tokyo Olympics 2020 final event. However, the gymnastics ‘G.O.A.T’ had taken a calculated step, ensuring her safety and keeping in mind what’s best for her team.

Recently, the last episode of her documentary, Simone vs Herself, was released on Facebook Watch. In the video, fans witnessed the moment her mother comforts her over the phone, while Simone was on the verge of withdrawing.

Biles’s mother said, “You can’t do it? That’s okay, honey. That’s okay.”

Speaking of her team, she added, “They will do their best without you. I don’t want you going out there if you’re not in a good place, and you don’t need to go out there and hurt yourself. That’s just not right. You need to take care of yourself, okay? I love you. Just take some deep breaths and just know we’re praying for you. Hopefully, after this, you’ll feel better head-wise.”

Soon after, Nellie Biles informed Simone’s family about her withdrawal. She said, “That’s it. She’s done. She just pulled out. She said she can’t do it.”

A revolutionary movement

It’s not easy to stand so close to the Olympic podium, with a chance at making history, and still withdraw. What Simone did in Tokyo was daring, bold and a move that will revolutionize the sport. Being an Olympian comes with the responsibility of living up to the hopes of an entire nation. Notably, just the sound of that explains the enormity of the situation, but sadly, not enough for all to understand Bile’s then vulnerability.

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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

Even after withdrawing from most of her events, Simone brought home two medals from Tokyo Olympics 2020. She is indeed the most successful and the most inspiring gymnast in Olympics history. Do you think she will make a comeback at the 2024 Paris Olympics?

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Shreya Verma

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

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