Simone Sits Out Again: Superstar Gymnast Earns More Praise For Putting Her Mental Health Before Medals

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Simone Biles has withdrawn from the final individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympics to focus on her mental health. The withdrawal comes after the 24-year-old, one of the greatest gymnasts of all time, stepped away from a dramatic team competition on Tuesday, citing mental heath concerns.

USA Gymnastics says Biles will continue to be evaluated daily to determine if she’ll take part in next week’s individual event finals. Jade Carey will compete in her place at the all-around. USA Gymnastics says it wholeheartedly supports Biles’ decision and applauds her bravery in prioritizing her well-being and says her courage shows once again why she is a role model for so many.

Biles’ decision has sparked a lot of conversation about mental health and physical stamina online, one person saying, “She should not have made the trip to Tokyo in the first place if her mental health was a concern.” Fellow gymnastics Olympian Dominique Moceanu tweeted in support of Biles an old video of herself, saying, “I was 14 years old with a tibial stress fracture, left alone with no cervical spine exam after this fall. I competed in the Olympic floor final minutes later. Simone Biles’ decision demonstrates that we have a say in our own health, ‘a say’ I never felt I had as an Olympian.”

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