Simone Biles On Why She Withdrew from Olymic Final
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Simone Biles is one of the best athletes on the planet, and her recent withdrawal from the olympics has everyone talking. Let’s take a look at what the athlete has to say as we break down why she felt like sitting was better for her team, and herself.
As the women’s gymnastics team entered the competition, Simone’s style and athleticism was known to be unmatched. She entered the competition as the anchor of the team, and the favorite for the individual competition. Controversy erupted as judges began penalizing and not rewarding some of her scores because of the difficulty associated. As the team competition entered the homestretch to see who would bring home the gold, Simone stepped off and out of the competition. Why? NPR has the answers.
“I just felt like it would be a little bit better to take a back seat, work on my mindfulness. And I knew that the girls would do an absolutely great job. And I didn’t want to risk the team a medal for kind of my screwups, because they’ve worked way too hard for that. So I just decided that those girls need to go and do the rest of our competition.”
Her Overall Health
Obviously viewers were shocked to see the leader step aside, and with some negative folks calling her out for not finishing, the majority of people are commending her for her strength to be honest about her mental health, and to put her team first. Overall, Biles is reeling from a stressful year and stressful Olympic Games, but physically she says she is okay.
“No injury, thankfully. And that’s why I took a step back, because I didn’t want to do something silly out there and get injured. So I thought it was best if these girls took over and did the rest of the job — which they absolutely did, they’re Olympic silver medalist now. And they should be really proud of themselves for how well they did last-minute, having to [adjust].
It’s been really stressful, this Olympic Games. I think just as a whole, not having an audience, there are a lot of different variables going into it. It’s been a long week, it’s been a long Olympic process, it’s been a long year. So just a lot of different variables, and I think we’re just a little bit too stressed out. But we should be out here having fun, and sometimes that’s not the case.“
Why to Choose Mindfulness
Simone decided to withdraw from the individual competition as well, so unfortunately fans won’t get to see her compete for gold, but real fans are happy that Simone is in a good place mentally. Mindfulness and good mental health are so important to performing at a high level, and here’s what she had to say about what Wednesday’s break could bring.
“Usually you practice mindfulness … we’ll have the morning off, so that’s a great start because you can’t do it in practice because then you’re really focused in and tuned in on practice. So it starts from outside the gym. However, we want to relax. And we’ll do that, hopefully get some fresh air — and we’ll just see.”
Read More: NPR- Read What Simone Biles Said After Here Withdrawal from The Olympic Final
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