The American had renounced all previous races: exercise without errors, the score of 14,000 earned her the podium
A bronze that is worth gold. After giving up races after races for the ‘twisties’ that gripped her mind, Simone Biles leaves her scratch on the beam. With the eyes of the world on her, the American champion performs with innate class and surgical precision. A perfect exercise, even if simplified, especially in the exit. At the end, the few close friends present at the building applaud her, peeling their hands, her rivals hug her and Simone smiles happily.
A tribute to the return of the queen. That’s enough to get on the podium, but the first two steps go to China. A detail or a little more because the decision of the four-time Olympic gold medal in Rio to return to the platform is worth more than any medal. The ‘Biles case’ had become the main one of the Games. His continuous forfeits, including the free body one where she would be Vanessa Ferrari’s main opponent, seemed to be the prelude to the definitive stop. Then the twist: confirmation of registration for the final of the beam, the last chance at his disposal. From dark to light, as only legends can do.
Vanessa Ferrari herself, of whom she is a friend, had defended her with a drawn sword. “You did well to preserve your health. He doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone. He knows how to do things and everyone cheers on him »the words of the ‘Farfalla’ by Orzinuovi. Prediction spot on. And after putting aside his ghosts, Biles wanted to get some pebbles off his shoes. “I brought to light a topic like that of mental health, it is something that people somehow reject and put under the carpet – explained the American – we are not only an object of entertainment, we are also human and we have feelings”.
Biles has decided to take off his suit and become a full-fledged athlete only “for myself”, without thinking of a medal that “I didn’t expect”. A race that «is worth the whole world». More than any triumph and any podium, Simone found the courage to face his fears.
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