Simone Biles Shuts Down Critics After Event Exits, Opens Up About Battling Twisties Since Olympics Start
Simone Biles opens up about her mental health problems and feels "lost in the air" during the routines.
On Thursday, the 24-year-old gymnast shared clips of her training in Tokyo. Biles' videos have also been labeled with her reaction to those who believe she was "pulling out" of the Olympics when she retired from the team all-round final after her first device and refused to compete in the individual all-round final last night .
"For anyone who says I stopped. I didn't stop, my mind and body just are out of sync as you can see here," wrote Biles. "I don't think you realize how dangerous this is in tough competition, and I don't have to explain why I put health first."
The two-time Olympian added, "Physical health is mental health."
"I didn't have a bad performance and quit," Biles reiterated. "I've had a lot of bad performances during my career and finished the competition. I just got so lost that my safety and a team medal were in jeopardy. So the girls moved up and beat the rest of the competition and won silver QUEENS !!! For this reason we have 4 team members, because ALL of us can take part in team meetings. Not just me. "
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In her second clip, Biles wrote, "No, that didn't happen before I left the US" and "It happened to start the next morning after the preliminary competition."
"At this point, a deputy was not allowed to replace me because you 'know everything'," she said. "We have 4 on a team for a reason. I decided not to continue the team competition because of the risk of losing a medal (of any color) for the girls / USA, including my own safety and health."
Then Biles answered fan questions during a question-and-answer session on her Instagram story. "Do you still have them," asked a fan. "Yes. Unfortunately, yes. These videos were taken during training this morning," Biles replied.
"Do you feel out of sync with flips that are not twisted?" asked another fan.
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"Kind of honestly ... but definitely better than trying to turn. Sometimes I can't even imagine how to turn. I really can't understand how to turn," Biles replied. "Strangest and strangest thing and feeling."
"Is it worse on a particular device?" asked a follower. In response, the decorated athlete said, "By the way, it has never been carried over to beams and beams for me before. It absolutely likes floor and crack, the scariest 2. But this time it's literally at every event. Which sucks ... really bad. "
Biles also spoke to a fan about "twisties," a phenomenon that gymnasts experience that causes them to lose understanding of where they are in the air, which puts them at risk of injury if they land. The gymnast said to her, "She literally can't tell from top to bottom. It's the craziest feeling ever. Not having an inch of control over your body. Which is even more frightening since I have no idea where I am in the air I also have "NO idea how I'm going to land or what I'm going to land on."
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"Have you ever experienced twisties?" asked the Instagram user.
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"I've seen them before. They're not fun to deal with. It's honestly terrifying to try to do a skill but not get your mind and body in sync. 10/10 doesn't recommend. * Might." stress-induced, I hear, but I'm not sure how true that is either, "Biles said.
Biles also clarified that there isn't a set time frame for the "Twisties" to go away, but in the past it has sometimes taken her two weeks to overcome the sensation.
"Something that literally has to be taken day after day, row by row," she wrote.
To a fan who asked if Biles would still be on her upcoming Gold Over America gymnastics tour, the superstar athlete wrote back: “No more spins for me on the tour, hahaha, easy fix, but unfortunately I'm doing mine Olympic routines loads of spins event. "
Biles also said that to be safe as she continued to practice, she "went back to the basics" practicing on soft surfaces at a local location in Japan with a foam pit, which she promised to close with due greeting give the games.
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