Simone Biles exited the Olympic women’s gymnastics team final on July 27 for her mental health. After some reports stated that her exit was due to an injury, Simone said that was not the case during a Team USA press conference. “No injury, thankfully,” she said. “That’s why I took a step back, because I didn’t want to do something silly out there and get injured, so I thought it was best if these girls took over and did the rest of the job, which they absolutely did. They’re Olympic silver medalists now, and they should be really proud of themselves for how well they did last-minute having to go in.”
“Sometimes people forget Simone is human.”
Simone previously wrote on Instagram, “I truly do feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders at times,” and during the press conference, she said she’s “never felt like this going into a competition before.” It’s still unclear whether Simone will participate in the remaining all-around and event finals in Tokyo. However, while speaking with reporters, the 24-year-old athlete said she was “just dealing with some things internally which will get fixed out in the next couple of days.”
Following Simone’s exit, celebrities, activists, and athletes alike have taken to social media to show their support for her. Simone’s former teammate Aly Raisman also shared an important reminder during a Tuesday appearance on the Today show. “When you watch the coverage of gymnastics, I think sometimes people forget she is human,” Aly said. “She has pains like all of us, she has stress like all of us. Simone has more pressure than any other gymnast I’ve ever seen in my lifetime.” See how everyone is rallying around Simone ahead.