The four-time Olympic champion Simone Biles recently told a New York Magazine reporter that she “should have quit way before Tokyo.”
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“She showed she is a role model, not just an athlete, but a leader for just all people.” New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stated to TMZ on Capitol Hill as she praised Olympian gymnast Simone Biles on her decision to take a break from competition to focus on her mental health, and soon after, returning to win another medal for Team USA.
Simone Biles shocked the world last week when she withdrew from multiple events at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Biles got an immense amount of support for putting her mental health first, but she also received backlash for letting her teammates down. The gymnastics stars returned on Tuesday and won bronze in the balance beam competition, and this moment should be an inspiration for athletes around the world.
On Tuesday, gymnastics star Simone Biles shockingly withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics team finals and left the competition after struggling to land a vault. However, Biles said that her decision was not caused by physical injury, but rather emotional.
This Saturday in Indianapolis, Simone Biles was able to defend her GK Classic title, scoring an overall 58.400. However, she also made history when she became the first woman to land the
Yurchenko double pike vault, a highly difficult move that has historically only been performed by men.