Simone Biles speaks out about her aunt’s death just days before the Tokyo 2020 bronze medal.
Simone Biles, who earned a bronze medal on the balance beam yesterday, confessed that her aunt had died only two days before.
Yesterday, a US gymnast returned to the stadium to win a bronze medal in the balance beam, and she announced that her aunt had died two days before. Biles has been the center of attention in Tokyo after withdrawing from a number of individual competitions owing to mental health issues.
Many of her peers have applauded her for being so open about her challenges.
Biles’ bronze medal on the balance beam was a fantastic way to cap up a difficult Olympics in which she had a significant impact.
“I woke up the other day to find out my aunt had gone away unexpectedly, and I was like, you guys have no idea what we’re going through,” the gymnast said after the competition to reporters.
“It wasn’t easy to withdraw from those tournaments, but I wasn’t in the appropriate mental and physical state, and I didn’t want to jeopardize my health and safety because, at the end of the day, it wasn’t worth it.
“More important than any medal I could win is my physical and mental wellness.
“Being cleared to do beam, which I didn’t believe I’d be able to do, meant the world to me. Just to be out here again.
“I wasn’t expecting to win a medal,” says the winner. Whatever happens, happens.” I was out there doing this for myself.
Biles is relieved to have made it through Tokyo, but she acknowledges that she still has a long way to go to get back to where she wants to be.
She said, “It’s been a hard week.” “At the very least, I’ve ended it on a high note, and I’ll deal with the rest when I come back.”
Cecile Canqueteau-Landi, Biles’ coach, lauded the gymnast for her candor and positive attitude in coping with her mental health issues.
“We’ve both shed a lot of tears because, as pleased as we are for Team USA, it was a little upsetting to know that she could’ve been out there and, maybe, earned some gold as well,” she revealed.
“However, she was the most enthusiastic supporter.
“She didn’t have to be here; she chose to be here. Her desire to be here was her own, and she was extremely proud of all of them.”
Biles has received a lot of praise. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”