Simone Biles steps back

Simone Biles steps back

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Islam News – After bowing out of the women’s gymnastics team finals at the Tokyo Games, Simone Biles — the greatest gymnast in history — said she would also skip the all-around individual competition on Thursday. Biles will be evaluated daily to see if she will participate in the event finals next week.

The U.S. Olympic team’s biggest star said she was not mentally prepared to continue under the weight of expectations. In the hours before the team final, she said she was shaking and couldn’t nap.

Her withdrawal follows a falter at the first event of the team final. During her vault, Biles got lost in the air and ended up performing a much simpler move than she had planned. On the landing, she bounded forward to stay on her feet.

Though sports psychologists say a stigma persists about athletes and mental health, Biles was also widely embraced as the latest elite athlete who had the courage to acknowledge her vulnerability.

Source: The New York Times