- Nov 12, 2011
oh i am sure there have been many. probably most of which we don't know about. and we are talking about Simone Biles- the greatest gymnast in history. the media has put SO MUCH PRESSURE on her to carry her team to golds, to win all six finals here and to do it by huge margins, to never falter, and when she does its always a huge deal. she's not supposed to because she is Simone Biles. no one remembers she is only human or gives her that grace. she wasn't even sure if she could last another year, her body and mind are so exhausted and the cracks are showing. the fact she made it this far speaks to her character.Well in terms of Biles, its shady details about what caused the withdrawal at this point first it was injury with her leg and then this "mental" issue came up and that she might come back for individual events later in the week. Can't remember any instance of an athlete quitting the Olympics for mental issues in the past.
and what she did today was not "quitting", she put her own health first. quitting implies giving up, and that she did not do. we at least owe her that much to be understanding and supportive after all she has done for gymnastics the last 8 years.