“You’d Be Lost”- Simone Biles Once Recalled on Her Withdrawal From 2020 Tokyo Olympics Was Justified

Published 07/04/2022, 10:45 AM EDT
TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 25: Simone Biles of Team United States looks on during Women’s Qualification on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on July 25, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

There are days when people find it taxing to perform the same tasks they have been carrying out for so long. However, it is understandable when people feel that way. After all, not every day is the same. But people did not react that way when Simone Biles withdrew from the events at the Tokyo Olympics.

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Immediately after withdrawing, the gymnast received myriads of hate comments. All in all, people were reluctant to relate with the athlete.

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What did Simone Biles say after returning home from the Tokyo Olympics?

Simone Biles addressed this issue during an interview after returning home from the meet. The gymnast was aware that people might be disappointed over her withdrawal from multiple events at the meet. However, she was not hoping to get the reaction she received right after.

Although she did not have to justify her reasons for withdrawing from her events, she felt that people should know about her plight too before judging the athlete. Reflecting on the meet, Biles said, “If I still had my air awareness, and I just was having a bad day, I would have continued.”

ARIAKE, TOKYO – AUGUST 3: Gymnast Simone Biles of Team United States gets ready to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Women’s Gymnastics Balance Beam Final at Ariake Gymnastics Center on Tuesday, August 3, 2021. Biles won the bronze medal. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

“But it was more than that,” the two-time Olympian added. Sensing people would still be unable to relate to her ordeal, she continued to provide an analogy. The gymnast narrated, “Say up until you’re 30 years old, you have your complete eyesight.”

“One morning, you wake up, you can’t see s***, but people tell you to go on and do your daily job as if you still have your eyesight. You’d be lost, wouldn’t you? That’s the only thing I can relate it to,” the Olympian continued.

Biles then questioned the people criticizing her. She asked, “I have been doing gymnastics for 18 years. I woke up — lost it. How am I supposed to go on with my day?”

Were the reactions from fellow citizens justified?

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People place unrealistic ideals on athletes, but they are people too. As such, they are susceptible to the same emotions that apply to others. But fans sometimes fail to perceive that their idols deserve some leeway too.

TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 27: Simone Biles of Team United States looks on during the Women’s Team Final on day four of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on July 27, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The seven-time Olympic medalist had to learn it the hard way following the Tokyo Olympics. However, she has shown the ability to rise above her hardships previously. So she was not going to back down now.

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Besides, she was not the kind of person to shy away from speaking her mind. She had displayed this skill on previous occasions, too. So after returning to her home country, she felt the need to address the ordeal in an interview, and she soon did!

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Aklanta Chetia

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Aklanta Chetia Wanniang is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. He has a Master's degree in Literature from the University of Delhi. With an interest in learning about multiple sports, Aklanta himself is a former sportsperson and has participated in state and national level swimming events.

Edited By: Vibhanshu Kumar

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