Simone Biles at the Tokyo Olympics: A Major and Long Overdue Discussion About Mental Health and Sports
By Dirk Smith, M.Sc, SDL (He/Him)
When the news dropped just hours ago, that the seemingly unstoppable gymnast, Simone Biles, the darling of the Olympics who was heavily favored and poised to take Team USA’s women gymnastics right to the top of the podium, pulled out of the women’s gymnastics team final in the middle of the event. Following her performance on the vault, Biles left the arena and Team USA went on without her to claim silver in the event.
Why did she pull out?
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