Simone Biles has become one of the main protagonists of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Hailed as the best gymnast of the moment, the American has monopolized the spotlight at the Japanese event more than for her skills because of her decision to forgo several finals in order to safeguard her mental health. Now, when her participation in the biggest event in sport has concluded, the athlete revealed the passing of her aunt while she was at the Games.
Biles, who aimed to be one of the great queens of the Olympic event, finally returned to the scene on Tuesday after having resigned from her other finals (team, ground, jump and bars) overwhelmed by pressure, in a decision that He has made rivers of ink flow all over the world. The American did not want to say goodbye to Tokyo without competing and did so in the balance beam final, in which she won the bronze medal.
During an event with the press, the gymnast opened up, explaining what had crossed her mind in recent times, sharing her frustration at what had happened: “I felt a bit ashamed of myself. My problem was, why were my body and mind out of sync? I couldn’t understand it. What happened? I trained my whole life, I was physically ready, I was fine and then This happens, something that was so out of my control».
Later, through a story on the popular social network Instagram, the 24-year-old athlete revealed that while in Tokyo, struggling with these sensations, she received the news that a close relative had died. “People don’t understand what we are going through. Two days ago I woke up and my aunt passed away unexpectedly, and that didn’t make it easier to be here at the Olympics.».
Despite the majority support and understanding of a large part of public opinion regarding his situation, it also generated rumors and criticism. “There are a lot of different speculations being thrown here and there, if I’m taking ADHD meds that were not allowed in Japan … Honestly, I haven’t taken ADHD meds since 2017 so we can rule that out. There are so many speculations. We are not just entertainment. We are humans. My mental and physical health is above all the medals I could win, ”explained Biles.
Accompanied by the doctors of the American team, the gymnast was finally authorized to participate in the final of the balance beam, a test that concluded with a new title for a total of 32 Olympic and world medals.
«It is not at all how I imagined or dreamed my second Olympics would beBut it was a blessing to represent the United States. I will always cherish this unique Olympic experience. Thank you all for the infinite love and support. I am really grateful “, he reviewed in Instagram about his experience in Tokyo.