Simone Biles Admits Feeling ‘The Weight Of World On Her Shoulders’ Prior To Olympics Exit

The 24-year-old's coach confirmed that Simone dropped out of the team finals.


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Simone Biles has exited the women’s final at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after receiving her lowest score in years.

It has been reported that the 24-year-old has been struggling with “mental health” concerns and the pressure to constantly remain on top of her game.

In an Instagram post after the team qualifiers earlier this week, Simone admitted that she struggles with feeling like she has the “weight of the world” on her shoulders and admits that although she brushes it off to the public, the pressure to do well does affect her.

The athlete went on to continue by saying “the Olympics is no joke”.


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Confirming that she was withdrawing from the team finals was Simone’s gymnastics coach, who was seen exiting the arena with the star following her performance on the vault during day four of the Olympic Games. As the pair left the stadium, it was first rumoured that Simone had an injury after struggling to land her vault routine.

Then, pulling out of Team USA’s uneven bars line up, it was announced that Simone would not continue with the competition, citing mental health reasons.

The U.S women took home a silver in the team final without Biles, seeing Russia claim gold and Britain take home the bronze medal.

Russia’s win ended the streak dating back to 2010 of the U.S. women winning every Olympic or world championship title.


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