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Simone Biles breaks silence to thank fans and says she’s ‘more than gymnastics’ after shock Olympics withdrawal

OLYMPICS superstar gymnast Simone Biles broke her silence to thank fans following her shock decision not to defend her individual title at the Tokyo games - saying she now feels she's "more than gymnastics" for the first time. 

“The outpouring love & support I’ve received has made me realize I’m more than my accomplishments and gymnastics which I never truly believed before,” the phenom tweeted on Wednesday night. 

The 24-year-old who took home four gold medals five years ago in Rio de Janeiro announced on Wednesday that she wouldn’t go forward to defend her individual all-around title.

The sport’s top star and biggest marquee name then admitted she has been struggling to replicate her victorious past.

Biles declared that she had consulted with USA Gymnastics officials on her decision to “protect my mental well-being.”

It came after Team USA fell to the Russians on Tuesday, picking up a silver medal in the team event. 

Biles failed to complete her two-and-half twist vault with a shaky landing, leaving initial suspicions that she injured her ankle.


"I have to focus on my mental health.

"I just think mental health is more prevalent in sports right now...we have to protect our minds and our bodies and not just go out and do what the world wants us to do.

"I don’t trust myself as much anymore, maybe it’s getting older.

"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.

"We have to protect our body and our mind. It just sucks when you’re fighting with your own head.”

Initially, she had paid tribute to her family for their support as she labored through qualifying on Sunday.

"It wasn’t an easy day or my best but I got through it."


Biles confessed that she's shouldering an immeasurable amount of pressure to repeat Olympic greatness. 

"I truly do feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders at times,” she explained.

"I know I brush it off and make it seem like pressure doesn’t affect me but damn sometimes it’s hard hahaha! The olympics is no joke! BUT I’m happy my family was able to be with me virtually. They mean the world to me!"

A USA gymnastics statement read: "After further medical evaluation, Simone Biles has withdrawn from the final individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games, in order to focus on her mental health.”

There was no final decision on how Biles’ Tokyo story would end.

"Simone will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether or not to participate in next week's individual events finals,” the statement added.


Following her bowing out of the competition, Biles dropped hints that the abuse committed by convicted pedophile doctor Larry Nassar weighed heavily on her mental health struggles after she decided to not defend her Olympic individual title.

Former gymnast Andrea Orris had tweeted: "We are talking about the same girl who was molested by her team doctor throughout her entire childhood and teenage years."

It continued: 'That girl has endured more trauma by the age of 24 than most people will ever go through in a lifetime.' 

Biles retweeted Orris’s statement. 

What’s more, back in January 2018, the Ohio-born Biles posted on Twitter that the doctor, who is currently serving 360 years in federal prison, attacked her. 

"I too am one of the many survivors that were sexually abused by Larry Nassar.

"Please believe me when I say it was a lot harder to first speak those words out loud than it is now to put them on paper.

"There are many reasons that I have been reluctant to share my story, but I know now it is not my fault."

Biles is one of more than 250 female athletes who were allegedly violated by Nassar, the former national team doctor.

Nassar was first handed a 60-year sentence for possessing child pornography after being found with 37,000 images of child pornography.

Then, on Feb. 5 of this year a judge guaranteed that Nassar would die behind bars by tacking on an additional 40 to 125 years in prison three more sex offenses.

That upped Nassar's total amount of prison time to 360 years.

Simone Biles out of individual Tokyo 2020 event due to mental health issues

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