- Nov 12, 2011
i've been watching the series on Simone on facebook watch and it really seems she had to push herself to get another year out of her body. she is really physically and mentally tired. sometimes gymnasts retire and realize they miss it and come back after a year or 2, if anyone can do that it's Simone and she would still kick butt 3 years from now. the international scene is nowhere close to what it used to be.It’s so easy to say “it’s only 3 years” but it’s 3 years of 40 hour a week training with no guarantee at all that you’ll make the team. If Trinity hadn’t been injured she might have been in this conversation as well. I’m glad Mykayla proved it could be done - moving from college back to elite - maybe more of these athletes will do it.
Simone has floated the idea of going to Paris as an event specialist. But I agree she’s probably done. If the media would leave her alone for half a second it might be different. She looked really bad the 2nd night of trials. Not her gymnastics but her face. I thought she might be ill. But I think it was the extreme stress she’s pretty much constantly under.
also true about Riley, my train of thought was just that this was her first olympic cycle as a senior and she wouldn't have to wait as long to get another chance. she's been injured and sick and was in an abusive environment for a very long time and i think she probably missed out on a lot of experiences she would have had otherwise. i hope she will at least consider it.