Simone Biles Withdrew From Olympics
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Simone Biles, with a combined total of 30 Olympic and World Championship medals, is the most decorated American gymnast and is regarded by many to be one of the greatest and most dominant gymnasts of all time. But on July 27, 2021, Biles found the pressure she was experiencing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics insurmountable and withdrew from all events for mental health issue.
To understand more about Simone Biles, please refer to the excerpt from wikipedia, in italics, below:
Biles is the gymnast with the most World medals (25) and most World gold medals (19), having surpassed Vitaly Scherbo’s record 23 World medals by winning her 24th and 25th, both gold, at the 2019 competition in Stuttgart. She is the female gymnast with the most World all-around titles (5). Biles is the sixth woman to win an individual all-around title at both the World Championships and the Olympics, and the first gymnast since Lilia Podkopayeva in 1996 to hold both titles simultaneously. She is the tenth female gymnast and first American female gymnast to win a World medal on every event, and the first female gymnast since Daniela Silivaș in 1988 to win a medal on every event at a single Olympic Games or World Championships, having accomplished this feat at the 2018 World Championships in Doha.
Despite taking a hop completely off the gymnastics floor platform, Simone Biles delivered an elite routine to advance to the apparatus and all-around final, in the video published on July 26, 2021, “Simone Biles flies right off floor surface during qualifying routine | Tokyo Olympics | NBC Sports“, below:
Simone Biles gets lost in the air during her vault, failing to complete her full rotations and stumbling on her landing. She would then leave with a trainer and withdraw from the women’s team final, in the video published on July 27, 2021, “Simone Biles stumbles on vault before pulling out of team final | Tokyo Live | NBC Sports“, below:
In the video published on July 27, 2021, “Simone Biles pulls out of Olympic team gymnastics final“, below:
Reigning Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles is out of the team finals. Initial reports were that she suffered an injury during the vault, in the video published on July 27, 2021, “Olympic champ Simone Biles out of team gymnastics finals“, below:
In a stunning moment at the Tokyo Olympics this morning, American athlete Simone Biles — considered the top gymnast in the world and favored to bring home gold medals — withdrew from the team competition. Her decision to prioritize her mental health came after her performance on the vault. John Yang discusses the pressure on Biles with Angie Fifer, a former gymnast and track and field athlete, in the video published on July 27, 2021, “The ‘insurmountable’ weight of expectations on Simone Biles, other professional athletes“, below:
After gymnast Simone Biles surprised the Olympics by announcing she’s withdrawing from the final individual all-around competition “to focus on her mental health,” the co-hosts react to her decision, in the video published on July 28, 2021, “Simone Biles Withdraws From All-Around Final | The View“, below:
Rest of the USA gymnastic team members remain strong in the competition, below:
Suni Lee hit one of her signature uneven bars routines when her team needed it, scoring a 15.400, and also earned a 14.133 on the balance beam and a 13.666 on floor in the team final, in the video published on July 28, 2021, “Suni Lee nails uneven bars, dazzles during gymnastics team final | Tokyo Olympics | NBC Sports“, below:
Jordan Chiles stepped up to fill in on two events for Simone Biles, scoring 14.666 on vault, 14.166 on bars, 13.433 on beam and 11.700 on floor, in the video published on July 28, 2021, “Jordan Chiles delivers in the clutch for USA in women’s team final | Tokyo Olympics | NBC Sports“, below:
Grace McCallum put together four solid performances in the Olympic team final, scoring 14.300 on vault, 13.700 on uneven bars, 13.666 on beam and 13.500 on floor exercise, in the video published on July 28, 2021, “Grace McCallum contributes all-around solid performances in team final | Tokyo Olympics | NBC Sports“, below:
Sports mental training expert Robert Andrews joins Shep Smith to discuss the challenge and pressure of the Olympics, in the video published on July 28, 2021, “Simone Biles battles ‘the twisties.’ a symptom of the brain dealing with stress“, below:
The words send shivers up the spine of nearly every gymnast. It’s the mental block that causes gymnasts, even those at the top of their game like U. S. superstar Simone Biles, to lose control of their bodies while midair. Biles, who cited mental health concerns after withdrawing from the women’s gymnastics team final and Thursday’s individual all-around final, mentioned getting “the twisties” during a vault that served as her only routine of the final team competition, in the video published on July 29, 2021, “Simone Biles had ‘the twisties’ A gymnast explains the sport’s dreaded“, below:
Is it possible that these “twisties” that athletes often experience under stress may involve mineral deficiencies?
*Given that Simone Biles is already the gymnast with the most world medals, and the fact that overall U.S. Olympic team is very strong, Biles’ decision in withdrawing to avoid risking permanent injury is the correct one.
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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