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July 27, 2021 (Tokyo Olympics): There were critics. And then, there was a clamor calling her “quitter of the year.” The 7x Olympic medalist Simone Biles had withdrawn but was far from done. Two years on, Biles met her coach Cecile Landi over a glass of margarita, and soon after, she vaulted back into form at the US Classic. But then again, these make for a stellar storyline. We suggest you a better alternative—see it for yourself in the two-part Netflix documentary, Simone Biles Rising. The trailer is out already!

With Part 1, titled The Next Chapter, set to release on July 17, the documentary will follow Biles’ road to her “unfinished business”. It will be followed by Part 2, titled In Her Legacy, shortly after. The trailer was just released on Wednesday. Highlighting her story as “one of the most powerful comebacks in history,” Netflix captioned, She’s the greatest in the world. She’s also human.”

The video begins in a casual background setup where Simone, styled in ripped jeans and a long-sleeve top, is sitting on a couch. She begins her monologue on what could be only described as the athlete mindset, I’ve always had really good intuitions about things, and unfortunately I felt that way about the Olympics. Everything that happened was a trauma response.

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And then it captures the most significant highlight of her Tokyo Olympic outing—a failed Amanar attempt on the vault during the women’s team final. It typically entails two-and-a-half twisting flips but a stranded Simone mid-air could manage only one-and-a-half before her grace and knees succumbed to touch the ground. She later lunged forward with her right leg to regain her balance. Just moments later, Biles walked out of the arena with her coach assisting her.

The commentator in the background captured the sentiment that resonated with many others’ when they said, “Wow! Never in my life have I seen her do that. Never.” Minutes later, Biles withdrew. And the rest is history doing what it best does: repeating itself. Check out the trailer below!

 

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As the trailer gave a peek at 2021, showing Biles walking out of the Ariake Gymnastics Center, the conversation around Biles’ sudden departure reared its head again, but not for long as fans once again shut down the conjectures around the sneers.

Simone Biles garnered acclaim as she is “going for another Olympic run

One of her admirers added, “Good for her for pulling out when she didn’t feel right. People gave her a lot of cr*p for it too. What was she supposed to do, continue anyway and risk being permanently injured or even killed? These stunts that she does are insanely dangerous and have to be executed just right, or else she could end up paralyzed or something.”  

Truly, Biles’ mental health struggles were akin to a physical injury. In the gymnast’s own words: “Say up until you’re 30 years old, you have your complete eyesight (then) one morning, you wake up, you can’t see sh*t, 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. I have been doing gymnastics for 18 years. I woke up – lost it. How am I supposed to go on with my day?”

More so, after scoring 14.000 in the women’s balance beam category in Tokyo, Biles went on to perform her vault routine but when she landed, she knew she wanted out. Her first thought was, “I am going to be banned from America.” But, her supporters never failed to cheer her up.

Hence, calling out the social media cult, a fan mentioned, “Anyone who thinks she’s a quitter or betrayed our country has obviously never hurled themselves 15 feet in the air and performed a mind blowing skill. As much as the sport is physical, it’s also mental and if she felt something was off, that is seriously dangerous. She did what she needed to do to keep herself safe.

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Joining forces with Biles’ fandom, NFL safety Jonathan Owens can also be seen commending his wife in the trailer. “She bounced back and she really opened my eyes,” stated Owens.

All along, Simone Biles stood firm on the fact that “Sometimes you have to take the power back,” – and she did exactly that when she stepped on the mat in August 2023. Following this, she made sure to first clinch the 2023 US Core Hydration Classic title and then the 2023 Xfinity Gymnastics title. She then concluded her comeback year by bagging the 6th World All-Around title in Belgium.

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Interestingly, the gymnast’s 2016 Rio Olympics’ Final-Five teammate Aly Raisman also joined the clan and acclaimed the 9x US All-Around champion. On the other hand, British gymnast Max Whitlock gave a one-word regard and tagged the trailer of the documentary as “powerful.”

Nonetheless, Simone Biles credits the major chunk of her success to the people who supported her and helped her navigate the rough waters. “I wanted to quit like 500,000 times and I would’ve if it weren’t for my people,” acknowledged the gymnast. With 9 national champion titles, 4 Olympic gold medals, and 5 moves named after her, Biles, indeed, soared to great heights with A body in motion, and A life in Balance.