Simone Biles is putting her mental health first, and we love to see it!
Simone decided to withdraw from the Olympics. Initially, she didn’t give many details as to why. Now she’s giving the real reason.
As reported on TJB, Simone said, “I feel like I’m also not having as much fun – and this Olympic Games I wanted it to be for myself, and it felt like I was still doing for other people – and that hurts my heart that doing what I love has been taken away from me.”
The article also reports Simone was inspired by Noami Osaka, who withdrew from the Wimbledon match to take care of her mental health. Take a look at Simone talking about it and mentioning Naomi.
One of the most remarkable mixed zone press conferences I’ve known. In which Simone Biles described pulling out of tonight’s team event because she had to put her mental health first. Says she was inspired by Naomi Osaka among others #Olympics #ArtisticGymnastics pic.twitter.com/p3Rli5S7J0
— Ian Herbert (@ianherbs) July 27, 2021
Simone isn’t sure if she’ll return to the Olympics Thursday (July 29th). Simone said she’s going “to take it day by day,” and we’ll see.
Simone was showered with support. Take a look:
It’s impossible to understand the pressure Simone Biles—the greatest gymnast in the history of the sport—and Naomi Osaka are feeling, but we’re lucky to live in a time where young Black trailblazers are publicly prioritizing their mental health above all else. That’s power.
— Evette Dionne (@freeblackgirl) July 27, 2021
This must’ve been an excruciating decision for her, and I’m sure she’ll be eviscerated for it. But she can be the GOAT and a human being too, who reached her breaking point today. I’m sure she’s heartbroken, for herself and her team. We still love you, Simone. ♥️🤍💙
— Morgan (@LemonadeLyman) July 27, 2021
Sending a stream of love and prayers to Simone Biles.
May she have whatever she needs most right now in abundance.
— brittany packnett cunningham (she/her). (@MsPackyetti) July 27, 2021
simone biles remains the greatest of all time
— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) July 27, 2021