“Mental Challenge”: Simone Biles, Suni Lee and Gabby Douglas Might Not Have Smooth Olympics 2024, Says Legendary American Gymnast

Published 12/28/2023, 12:38 PM EST

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Simone Biles explains the concatenation of hardships that ultimately crossed her at the 2020 Olympics, leading to her exit. To address the lasting effects of her ability to compete during heated situations, Biles discussed how she’s coped with “mental struggle” with reporters from New York magazine. Although Biles prepared herself both physically and mentally and inculcated helpful coping strategies she learned beforehand, she still couldn’t help feeling anxious when she participated in Tokyo. After prioritizing her health, Biles made a renaissance and made the American team to back-to-back victories at the 2023 US National Gymnastics Championships.

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As the 2024 Paris Olympics draws to a close, the surefire members are Simone Biles, Suni Lee, and Gabby Douglas. Securing a spot on the Olympic roster wasn’t easy for them. Nevertheless, a 2008 all-around champion and American gymnast made headlines by sharing her views on the Paris 2024 Olympics and these three players.

Simone Biles’ potential ‘Dream Team’ for Paris 2024

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Recently, the Olympic Games posted an intriguing photo on X, featuring a trio consisting of Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, and Sunisa Lee. However, the caption accompanying the picture sparked curiosity: “A new ‘Dream Team’ at #Paris2024? Here is what @TeamUSA 2008 all-around champion Nastia Liukin said about @gymnastics trio Simone Biles, Sunisa Lee, and Gabby Douglas. The post hinted at a potential extraordinary collaboration in July, as U.S. gymnasts Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles, and Sunisa Lee aspire for return trips to the Games.

This trio represents the last three women to claim Olympic all-around gold in women’s gymnastics, marking a remarkable achievement in a sequence that includes 2008 champion Nastia Liukin and 2004 winner Carly Patterson. They stand as the exclusive American women who have secured the title at a fully attended Games, a testament to their exceptional prowess in the sport. In an exclusive interview, Nastia Liukin expressed her sentiment, stating, “I truly think it’s the mental challenge, the hardest part of returning to form. “

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Mental health struggles and Olympic aspirations in gymnastics

American gymnast who won a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, Sunisa Lee has expressed her mental health issues related to anxiety and imposter syndrome. She experienced symptoms of anxiety like panic attacks when pressured with doubt, despite her incredible achievements within the USA’s gymnastics team.

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While Gabby Douglas, the Olympic champion from 2012, is aiming for a comeback at the 2024 Paris Olympics, challenging the typical career span in elite gymnastics, there are concerns. At 28, she seeks joy in the sport after taking time to heal, setting her sights on a return against the odds in an arena typically dominated by younger gymnasts. However, all three members of Team USA experienced some “Twisties.” Will they make it to Paris 2024?

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Maleehah Shakeel

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