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Simone Biles Denies Retiring From Gymnastics

  If you are a fan of Simone Biles, we have good news for you! The 25 year old athlete has just denied retiring from gymnastics. "I hav...

 




If you are a fan of Simone Biles, we have good news for you!

The 25 year old athlete has just denied retiring from gymnastics.

"I haven’t retired though 💖 just working on my mental health," tweeted the American gymnast in response to a fan who mentioned that their daughter was crying over the news of Simone's retirement.

Biles hasn't competed since the Tokyo Olympic Games last year, where she won silver with her team and bronze on balance beam.

The four time Rio Olympic champion qualified to every single final in Tokyo, a feat that hasn't been achieved since the 1992 Olympics. 

Romania's Lavinia Miloșovici and US Shannon Miller qualified in every single final at the Barcelona Olympics.

But Biles withdrew from most of the finals as she has been struggling with a dangerous condition called the "twisties" where gymnasts lose their sense of spatial awareness.

"I just don't trust myself as much anymore. I don't know if it's age, I'm just more nervous when I do gymnastics. I feel like I'm also not having as much fun. And I know this Olympic Games, I wanted it to be for myself. I'm still doing it for other people," she said at that time.

"There were a couple of days when everybody tweets you and you feel the weight of the world. We're not just athletes, we're people at the end of the day, and sometimes you just have to step back. ... I didn't want to go out and do something stupid and get hurt.​ ... I feel like a lot of athletes speaking up has really helped.​

"It's so big, it's the Olympic Games, at the end of the day we don't want to be carried out of there on a stretcher. ... You have to be there 100% or 120% or you're going to hurt yourself."

Earlier this month, Biles said that she has yet to decide if she will be in Paris as an athlete or an audience member as she is currently working on mentally and physically healing herself.

"I’m still taking time for myself just to work on myself, mentally and physically,” she stated.

"For Paris, as of now, I would say, I’ll be there regardless. I just don’t know if it will be as an athlete or as an audience member, but if I do decide to train, obviously, I’d have to go 100 percent, so I probably wouldn’t hold back. I’d still try to give it my all."

If Biles competed at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, she will be the first US gymnast to compete at three Olympic Games since Dominique Dawes in 2000.

Photo: Biles/Instagram



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