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Simone Biles Releases A Video Of Herself Struggling With The Twisties

Today morning, Simone Biles released a video of herself on her Instagram Stories showing her struggle with the twisties, a dangerous conditi...


Today morning, Simone Biles released a video of herself on her Instagram Stories showing her struggle with the twisties, a dangerous condition where gymnasts lose their sense of spatial awareness.

The video shows the American gymnast struggling to complete her twists on her uneven bars dismount. 

"For anyone saying I quit.I didn't quit my mind & body are simply not in sync," a caption reads over the video.

"As you can see here - I don't think you realize how dangerous this is on hard/competition surface."

"No this was not happening before I left the USA. It randomly started happening after prelims competition the very next morning." 

The 24 year old lost her way midair while vaulting in the women's team final last Tuesday, then suddenly exited the competition. She spent the rest of the competition cheering on her teammates from the sideline. 

The US team secured the silver medal behind the ROC team.

It was later announced that Biles withdrew from the individual all-around final. 

"Sometimes I can't even fathom twisting. I seriously cannot comprehend how to twist. Strangest and weirdest thing as well as feeling," Biles said during a social media Q&A session.

The four time Olympic champion said she had experienced this phenomenon in the past before on vault and floor exercise but never on all four apparatus.

"It's never transferred to bars and beam for me, but this time it's literally on every event. Which sucks. Really bad," she added.

 "Literally cannot tell up from down. It's the craziest feeling ever. Not having an inch of control over your body. What's even scarier is since I have no idea where I am in the air I also have NO idea how I'm going to land, or what I'm going to land on. Head/hands/feet/back."

"I also have no idea how I landed on my feet on that vault because if you look at the pictures and my eyes you can see how confused I am as to where I am in the air. Thankfully I landed safe enough but I also don't think some of you realize I was supposed to do a 2½ and I only completed 1½ twists before it looks like I got shot out of the air."

Biles went on to deny that she quit due to bad performance. She said she had bad performances throughout her career and finished the competition. "I simply got so lost my safety was at risk as well as a team medal."

Biles qualified for all four event finals which will start on Sunday. It is still unknown as to whether or not she will compete there.

In the all around competition, Biles' teammate Sunisa Lee claimed the gold medal.


Written
 By Gigi Farid

Photo by Claudia Oprea Photography

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