Simone Biles shares her latest thoughts on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, as well as an update on her mental health.
At first glance, exclusive to E! News, the 24-year-old superstar gymnast chatted with mom in her hometown of Houston, Texas Nellie Biles after the Tokyo Games. During the interview, available exclusively on AthletaWell on Monday, August 30th, Simone discussed her decision to retire in the middle of the gymnastics team finals to focus on her mental health and then suspend all competitions until she Balance beam returned to finals.
“I definitely had the team in my best interests and that’s why I decided to quit,” said Simone. “I didn’t want to lose a medal spot for them, because the girls were more than willing to take part and do their job, which they did.”
According to the athlete, her mental health problems began before she even arrived in Tokyo, and she attributes a “stressor” that built up over time before her body and mind could move forward with the competition. Despite her fights in Tokyo, Simone won two medals: a silver medal in the team final and a bronze medal for her beam performance.