Simone Biles Walks Out of Tokyo Olympics to Focus on Mental Health
Sports can be quite mentally taxing
Simone Biles withdraws from the all-around individual competition in Tokyo Olympics. However, this does not mean that the athlete is “mentally weak.” On Tuesday, the Athlete was able to complete only 1 and a half rotations rather than 2 and a half.
Withdrawal of Simone Biles
This resulted in Simone Biles scoring her career’s lowest score in the Tokyo Olympics. Followed by that, the athlete decided to quit the team final of women’s gymnastics due to issues with mental health. One of the top gymnasts ever quitting due to mental health says something.
Regarding this, USA Gymnastics released a statement on Wednesday saying, “After a further medical evaluation, Simone Biles has withdrawn from the final individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympics, in order to focus on her mental health.”
While most people applauded Simone Biles for her brave decision, not everybody had the same sentiments. Ever since the athlete announced her decision, there has been a flood of comments on the internet suggesting that Simone Biles has let her team down.
It might be true that being an athlete means that one must overcome high-pressure situations and stay focused on the goal. However, many people forget that sports can be quite mentally taxing.
At times, it is difficult for one to face the extreme pressure of winning despite physical pain and dealing with the guilt of losing at the same time. Furthermore, it would be wrong to assume that Simone Biles has not done that before.
According to the supporters out there, understanding one’s limits does equate to “mental toughness.” Furthermore, walking away from a stage despite understanding the scrutiny that is about to come would also be “mental toughness”.
Based on reports, Simone Biles has always had an overworked routine. Regular criticism on top of that can sometimes take its toll. Hence, walking away from the Tokyo Olympics might just be the right thing for her and does not necessarily imply that the athlete is mentally weak.
Supporters say that this act would encourage athletes of the future generation to stand up for their mental health. Which is, indeed, a good thing. Being vulnerable and open about your inner struggles in front of the entire world isn’t considered weak or bad sportsmanship — in fact, it’s surprisingly impressive and courageous, it sets a healthy example for future athletes, and it’s another reminder of why Simone Biles is and will remain one of the greatest of all time.
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