Simone Biles arrived at the Tokyo 2020 event as one of the great stars, but her decision to quit before competing in the gymnastics finals has shocked the Olympics. The American was treated by doctors after a mistake in a discipline, but beyond the possible physical problems, the world sport fears that everything responds to a crisis of her mental health, and so she has acknowledged it herself.
The woman who many consider to be the best gymnast in history, acknowledged hours before her withdrawal that she was not going through her best emotional moment. The four Olympic golds at Rio 2016 catapulted her to the top, but the pressure seems to have been too much for a girl of only 24 years old.
The responsibility she has had since she dazzled the world with her routines and impossible exercises has not stopped growing and it seems that it has ended up exploding at the worst moment, when everyone was paying attention to a possible new feat of hers in Japan.
Since the previous Olympic Games she has launched her own documentary on Facebook, Simone vs herself, she has been especially active in the racial struggle that the United States has experienced in recent years, and on the personal side, her relationship with NFL player, Jonathan Owens, has also generated a lot of repercussion.
To her 5.2 million Instagram followers, we must add another 60,000 followers that have the official account of Lilo and Rambo, her French bulldog couple, who have their own official profile and that she herself is responsible for providing content.
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Simone Biles’ life has not been a bed of roses. Her parents’ drug addiction forced her grandparents to take care of her when she was a child. And it was in gymnastics that she found an outlet at a very young age. But shortly after her professional career took off, the sexual abuse scandal broke out in the heart of American gymnastics.
In January 2018, Biles admitted that she had been one of the victims of US team doctor Larry Nassar, who has been sentenced to an additional 40 to 125 years in prison for abusing at least 265 gymnasts during the years he worked for the team.
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) January 15, 2018
“I have promised myself that my story will be much bigger than this and I promise I will never give up,” she tweeted about the sexual abuse in 2018. But now, it seems, gymnastics is becoming a problem, and Biles’ mental health is starting to suffer when she was in the prime of her career.