During the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Gymnast Simone Biles, revealed her mental health struggles and is saying she’s actually terrified to do gymnastics again.
As indicated by Biles, she’s actually battling with the challenges as she performs on her Gold Over America Tour. The twisties is an inability to think straight where competitors can forget about where they are while in midair.
“I don’t twist (on tour). I do double lay half-outs, which is my signature move on the floor. That’s never affected me. But everything else weighs so heavy, and I watch the girls do it, and it’s not the same,” said Biles, who is arguably the greatest gymnast of all time. But the twisting, once I got back, will come back. But I’m still scared to do gymnastics,” she added.
Biles, 24, who has won seven (7) Olympic medals, including four golds, fought mental health issues and the surprising loss of a relative throughout the Summer Games.
Last month, Biles affirmed before the Senate Judiciary Committee in regards to the FBI’s treatment of sexual abuse claims against former USA Gymnastics crew doctor Larry Nassar.
Biles, McKayla Maroney, Maggie Nichols and Aly Raisman – every one of whom were abused by doctor Larry – zeroed in on how the FBI messed up its investigations and the intimidation that came from the game’s administering bodies.
Speaking on the issue in a breaking-up voice, Simone Biles said:
“For so many years to go through everything that I’ve gone through, put on a front, I’m proud of myself, and I’m happy that I can be a leader for the survivors and bring courage to everybody speaking up, so I’m happy to be a voice for them. To do something that I’ve done forever and just not be able to do it because of everything I’ve gone through is really crazy, because I love this sport so much. It’s hard, I’m sorry. And I don’t think people understand the magnitude of what I go through”
At the Olympics, Biles withdrew during the team final and then withdrew ahead of the all-around final and individual events of vault, uneven bars and floor exercise. She did compete in the balance beam final, winning bronze.
Biles said she has many techniques to help with her mental wellness, including using the mental health app Cerebral. She is now the chief impact officer with the company.