American gymnast, Olympic gold medalist, and star athlete Simone Biles withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics earlier today
Three-time Olympic gold medalist and a four-time world champion withdrew from the final games in order to focus on her mental health. Biles, after withdrawing from the women’s gymnastics team finals, said in a statement: “at the end of the day, we’re human too and we have to protect our mind and our body, rather than just go out there and do what the world wants us to do.” This is coming not long after another top tennis athlete Naomi Osaka also withdrew from the French Open to focus on her mental health.
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) July 27, 2021
Earlier today, Simon Billes re-tweeted a tweet that said, “prioritize your mental health.” She’s making the message really clear. Kudos to the brave and trailblazing athlete.
For the last 18 months where the world has been riddled with a global pandemic and massive disruption to our lives in several ways. A lot of people are struggling with their mental health, and are experiencing anxiety and burnout. Even star athletes need a break.
There’s been an outpouring of support from people around the world, including her teammates.
Nothing but LOVE & RESPECT… #NaomiOsaka 🎾 & #SimoneBiles #MindYourMind #YourMentalHealthMatters pic.twitter.com/0ywVyXlaCb
— DOPE x BLACK Nation (@DopeBlackNation) July 27, 2021
“I’m completely devastated and I support her so much,” says three-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman on Simone Biles exiting from the women’s team gymnastic final. She criticizes USA Gymnastics and the US Olympic Committee for their lack of leadership in supporting athletes. pic.twitter.com/hGwOTqlxlA
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) July 27, 2021
The fact that we even have to defend amazing women like Kamala Harris, Serena Williams, Simone biles, Naomi Osaka, Meghan Markle and countless others is crazy; check their resumes. pic.twitter.com/c3SZZA4wTl
— FaRah (@FaRah07595123) July 27, 2021
We are thinking of you and wishing you a speedy recovery @Simone_Biles !❤️❤️ #SimoneBiles || @NBCOlympics pic.twitter.com/lpGrURMPS0
— BET (@BET) July 27, 2021
PLEASE REMEMBER: YOUR MENTAL HEALTH IS IMPORTANT, DO NOT IGNORE IT!
Feature Image Credits: Reuters, The Guardian