“I should have given up long before Tokyo”, entrusted to New York Magazine Simone Biles, icon of American gymnastics, whose mental health problems had led her to give up several events of the Olympic Games this summer, cracking under the pressure of the moment. “If you look at how much I’ve been through the past seven years, I should never have been part of another Olympic team,” Biles said.
Considered the greatest gymnast of all time, Simone Biles revealed in January 2018 to be one of the victims of the former doctor of the American women’s team Larry Nassar, sentenced to life in prison for sexual assault committed during two decades on more than 250 gymnasts, most of them minors.
“When Nassar was in the media it was too much. But I wasn’t going to let him take something I had worked for since I was 6 years old. I wasn’t going to let him take that joy away from me. . So I pushed beyond the possible, as long as my mind and body allowed me “, she explained.
In Tokyo, the 24-year-old young woman was to be the superstar of the Olympics. But when she began her medal raid, she had suddenly stopped, the victim of “twisties”, a potentially dangerous phenomenon which makes gymnasts lose their sense of direction when they are in the air. She ended up competing in an event, gleaning bronze on the beam. “I didn’t feel as confident as I should have been with all the training I’ve had”, Biles said, thinking back to his arrival in Tokyo. “I was not physically capable.”
“It will probably be something that I will work on for twenty years.”Simone Biles
au New York Magazine
“Let’s say that until you are 30, you can see perfectly. And one morning you wake up, you can’t see anything. But people tell you to keep doing your job as if you still have your sight. is not it ?”, a exposé Biles. “I did gymnastics for 18 years. I woke up lost. How am I supposed to continue?”, continued the one who won a total of 32 medals at the Olympics and world championships.
Biles, who had previously said his anxiety problems came before Tokyo, hopes to help end any stigma, so people can be diagnosed faster and treatments can improve. “It will probably be something that I will work on for twenty years”, she declared. “I just want a doctor to tell me when I’ll be healed. Like when you have an operation and it’s fixed. Why can’t anyone tell me that in six months it’s over?”