The Superstar Gymnastics Simone Biles revealed on Monday that the problems she suffered in her mental health and led her to withdraw from several tests of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games had begun even before her arrival in the capital of Japan.
Biles, 24, surprised everyone at last month’s Olympics, after withdrawing from the team final and later from the individual all-around.
Considered by many to be the best gymnast of all time and a favorite to win several gold medals in Tokyo, Biles assured that withdrew to prioritize his mental health.
In a video conversation with his mother, posted Monday by the Athleta brand, one of his backers, Biles said that his problems had increased over time: “I wouldn’t even say it started in Tokyo. I feel like it was probably a little more ingrained than that.”
“I think it was just the stressor. It built up over time, and my body and my mind just said no. But even I didn’t know what was going on until it just happened. “
Simone Biles hugging her coach. Photo Lindsey Wasson / Reuters
Biles suffered an attack by the “twisties” in Tokyo-2020, a potentially dangerous phenomenon that makes gymnasts lose their sense of orientation when in the air.
He later returned to the Olympic arena to compete in the balance beam final, where won a bronze.
The American star said that while she was disappointed that she couldn’t deliver her usual gravity-defying performance on the biggest stage of all (the Olympics), You have no regrets about putting your health and safety first.
“It just sucks. Like training for five years and it didn’t turn out the way you wanted,” Biles said in the video. “But i know i helped a lot of people and athletes talk about mental health and say no. Because he knew he couldn’t go out and compete. I knew he was going to hurt me. “
Biles added that he was surprised by the broad support he received for withdrawing from the Games to prioritize his health.
Simone Biles was dropped from several finals at Tokyo 2020. Photo Mike Blake / Reuters
“Obviously I expected to feel a lot of backlash and shame“, he confided.
And he was surprised. “But it’s the opposite. it’s the first time i felt human. Besides Simone Biles, I was Simone, and people respected him. “
The Texan said that she hopes that now her case encourage others to ask for help if they are concerned about their mental health.
“I know it is not easy, but it really is useful,” he said.
And he concluded: “I know that most of the time you are afraid of feeling foolish. But, as I have learned over the years, it’s okay to ask for help“.
With information from AFP