‘I didn’t quit’ – Simone Biles provides response to her critics

‘I didn’t quit’ – Simone Biles provides response to her critics
The four-time defending Olympic champion pulled out of the team final and the individual all-around final.

シモーネ・バイルズ has hit back at critics who claimed she quit after pulling out of the women’s gymnastics team final on Tuesday after the first rotation.

The four-time defending Olympic champion subsequently pulled out of Thursday’s all-around final which was won by her team-mate Sunisa Lee, and appears doubtful to take part in the four individual finals for which she has qualified next week.

Biles posted a now-deleted video on her Instagram Story on Friday of her making a mistake in training for the uneven bars, along with a message in which she sought to further explain the notion of ‘twisting’ – when a gymnast essentially loses their spatial awareness during a routine.

Simone Biles is mulling over whether to continue in Tokyo (マーティンリケット/ PA)

Biles wrote: 「私がやめたと言っている人のために, やめなかった, 私の体と頭は単に同期していません. これが厳しい競争面でどれほど危険であるかをあなたは理解していないと思います.

“I didn’t have a bad performance and quit. I’ve had plenty of bad performances throughout my career and finished the competition. I simply got so lost my safety was at risk as well as a team medal.”

Biles said she started to feel the effects following last week’s individual qualifying, in which she did not appear quite at her dominant best despite topping the all-around standings.

For anyone saying I quit, やめなかった, 私の体と頭は単に同期していません. これが厳しい競争面でどれほど危険であるかをあなたは理解していないと思います.


There were initial intimations that Biles may still compete in the beam and uneven bars finals, given it is on vault and floor that ‘twisting’ is considered most common.

しかしながら, Biles appeared to suggest her Games may be over, 書き込み: 「私にとっては、バーやビームに移行したことはありません。. 今回は文字通りすべてのイベントで.

「「(君) 文字通り下から上を見分けることはできません. これまでで最もクレイジーな感じです, not having an inch of control over your body.

“What’s even scarier is 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.

“It’s honestly petrifying trying to do a skill but not having your mind and body in sync.”


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