“So Much More Than Gymnast”- Simone Biles Opens Up on How Stepping Back Changed People’s Perspective About Her

Published 04/03/2022, 5:04 PM EDT
FILE PHOTO: Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Gymnastics – Artistic – Women’s Team – Final – Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Tokyo, Japan – July 27, 2021. Simone Biles of the United States wearing a protective face mask gestures. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson/File Photo

Simone Biles is not only an inspiration because she is the most decorated gymnast ever, but also because at every point in her life, she has stayed true to herself. As an athlete and as a person, she has always prioritized what’s best for her rather than what the world wants her to do. It’s her strong will and attitude that differentiates her from others.

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Since the announcement of her engagement around Valentine’s Day this year, Simone is busy with her wedding planning as, hopefully, the special day might be somewhere near.

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Simone Biles shares important life lessons with young kids

While talking to Ciara Lucas in a Girls on the run event, Simone shared some valuable insights about her philosophy of mental health. She said, “I feel like for so many years I have just been defined as a gymnast, but once I took that stand at the Olympics and stepped back to take care of my mental well being I was looked at as so much more than gymnast so much more than gold medals and that really resonated with me and it made me feel really good.” 

The Olympic champion further added, “I urge all the kids out there to do the same if you are not feeling up to the part that day. It’s okay to sit back, let your teammates do it and you just go in and cheer and learn and you grow. “

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The girl who chose herself

The Olympic champion is an advocate of mental health from the very beginning. In fact, she often teaches young athletes about how important it is to always make yourself a priority. Simone gives very sound advice because the legend talks out of experience and knows what impact mental health can have on an athlete’s performance.

TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 03: Simone Biles of Team United States reacts before the Women’s Balance Beam Final at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on August 03, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Xavier Laine/Getty Images)

She has forever been a fighter and will continue to be the same. No one and nothing can affect the free-spirited Simone Biles.

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Saurav Panwar is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A postgraduate in Media and Communication Studies, he shares a profound love for creative direction and filmmaking. Saurav is also an avid reader and a literature devotee whose fandom spreads from classics to sci-fi, non-fiction, plays, comics, and much more.

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