American artistic gymnastics superstar Simone Biles will be absent from the floor end of this Monday at dawn (in Argentina) since gave up participating of the same, after having also waived the general contest, jump and uneven barsThe American federation of this sport announced after midnight on its Twitter account.
“Simone withdraws from the floor final and will make a decision on the balance beam (which is contested on Tuesday) later“said USA Gymnastics, when the American stopped competing to protect her mental and physical health from the general team competition. The beam test constitutes the last chance to see Simone Biles in competition at the Tokyo Games.
Biles is suffering mental health issues. When he got off Sunday’s jump and uneven bars finals, the US federation had announced that his status would be assessed daily.
Days ago, Biles explained that her withdrawal from the women’s team event, her first resignation in Tokyo 2020, was due to “demons in the head” and indicated his intention to take care of his “mental health”.
“Since entering the tapestry, I am alone with my head, dealing with demons in my head (…) I must do what is good for me and focus on my mental health and not compromise my health and my well-being, “Biles explained to the press.
Biles, 24 years old and four times Olympic champion in Rio 2016, had taken a step to the side although she continued to encourage her teammates from the United States after passing through the first apparatus, the balance beam, where she was below your standards, with a note of 13,766 points.
“I don’t have as much confidence in myself as before, I don’t know if it’s a question of age. I’m a little more nervous when I am doing my sport. I have the impression that I can’t enjoy like before“he added, echoing a recent statement by Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka, who also spoke publicly about her mental health and the problems she was experiencing in the face of media pressure.
Biles recognized himself prey to the “twisties”, a well-known mental block in the world of gymnastics: a phenomenon that prevents the gymnast from doing the spins he is supposed to do.
Biles posted a video, which she later deleted, in which she is seen getting off the uneven bars during a workout. He tried several times, without being able to complete it, a jump of two and a half turns. He also failed to complete an Amanar on the colt during the team final on Tuesday. It lacked a twist. Luckily he was able to fall without injury, but immediately after withdrew from that test.
“Sometimes I can’t make turns. Seriously, I don’t know how to turn It is the strangest and most crazy thing, ” he was honest.
Biles said that the mental blockage of the “twisties” only became present on Monday.
You have already experienced it in the past. The difference this time it is not only affected by the rack or the floor exercises, but also by the bars and the beam. Considering the latter, it seems more than difficult for him to appear in the last test in which he could appear. “It’s scary,” he wrote. “You try to do something, but your body and your mind are not in tune. ”
With information from agencies.