Simone Biles says she did not “cease” with teammates from the US, reiterating that she has the “twisties”
Simone Biles reached out on Friday to those who believe she stopped doing gymnastics for her US female colleagues during the team finals at the Tokyo Olympics.
Biles retired from Tuesday’s event after underperforming in the first round on Sunday. The other three team members (Biles noted that they usually couldn’t be replaced in the line-up) scored well enough to win a silver medal. At first it was thought Biles would be eliminated with a foot injury, but she said after the final that her “mental” [was] not there.”
Her testimony led people to respond that she was soft and selfish and, among other things, just stopped. Biles responded to all of this in the IG story on Friday.
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The main reason for the withdrawal was a case of the “Twisties,” she told reporters earlier this week. When a gymnast gets twisties, there is a mental block and the gymnast cannot perform twists properly in the air. This can lead to injuries.
“I didn’t have a bad performance and quit,” Biles wrote in a Q&A with IG users on Friday. “I’ve had a lot of bad performances over the course of my career and ended the competition. I just got so lost that my safety and a team medal were in jeopardy.
“That’s why the girls moved up and beat the rest of the competition and won silver. [Heart emoji] QUEENS!!!!”
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She later wrote, “For anyone who says I stopped, I didn’t stop. My mind and body are just out of sync. ”Then she posted a clip about a bad descent from the uneven bars in training.
“I don’t think you realize how dangerous it is in tough competition. I don’t have to explain why I put health first. Physical health is mental health, ”she wrote.
She said this isn’t the first time she’s experienced twisties, but they usually only affect her during jumping and floor training – “Go Figure, the Scariest 2.”
“But this time around literally at every event, which sucks … really bad,” she wrote.
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“It is honestly terrifying to exercise a skill and not balance your mind and body,” she wrote. “10/10 not recommended.” She added that a gymnast “literally can’t tell top-down” while in the air when cornering. “It’s the craziest feeling ever. To have no control over your body.”
She said she wasn’t sure when these twisties were going to go away. Her previous episodes, she said, lasted two or more weeks.
The 24-year-old Biles retired from the all-round tournament on Thursday one day after leaving the team final. She qualified for the final in four individual competitions. The first two finals are planned for Sunday.