Four-time Olympic gymnastics champion and 19-time world champion Simone Biles has revealed the real reason for her withdrawal from the Olympics. She refused to compete in the team all-around due to a difficult psychological state and difficulties with orientation in space, said the athlete in Instagram Stories…
The American admitted that she suffers from a loss of orientation in space when performing tricks. The syndrome in which gymnasts seem to lose their muscle memory when jumping is called twisties. Biles said that while performing tricks, she does not distinguish top from bottom and does not understand where and on what she will land.
“I’ve experienced this feeling before. It is like petrification, an unsuccessful attempt to synchronize your body and mind. Perhaps it appeared due to stress, but I’m not 100 percent sure about that, ”the gymnast said.
Biles expressed doubt that her followers fully understand how fraught it is to be in such a state when performing tricks. “It’s extremely unsafe,” the 24-year-old said.
The gymnast withdrew from the competition after an error in the vault. As a result, the American team won the silver medal in the team all-around, and the athletes from Russia became the winners.