'I'm still scared of gymnastics' - Simone Biles breaks down in tears while discussing her inability to do stunts she's done for years

'I'm still scared of gymnastics' - Simone Biles breaks down in tears while discussing her inability to do stunts she's done for years



Olympic gold medalist, Simone Biles broke down in tears in an emotional interview while discussing her inability to do stunts she has been doing for years.



The 24-year-old admitted that since the Tokyo Olympics, she hasn't been able to go back to stunts that involve twisting in mid-air. Recall she dropped out of several events at the Tokyo Olympics due to mental health concerns



According to her, she's still battling the twisties and this has made it difficult to watch her fellow gymnasts do twists on the Gold Over America Tour.







'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,' she told Today show host Hoda Kotb, blinking away tears.



'It’s hard. I’m sorry. And I don’t think people understand the magnitude of what I go through, but for so many years to go through everything that I’ve gone through having a front, I’m proud of myself.'



Biles said that she is doing 'a lot better' since the twisties took her out of Tokyo.



The condition is similar to the 'yips' in other sports, when athletes psych themselves out — but in gymnastatics, it can mean losing a feel for where the gymnasts is in the air, which can lead to catastrophic injury, or even death, if they land wrong.



Biles is currently on tour with teammates Jordan Chiles, MyKayla Skinner, Jade Carey, and Grace McCallum, and she said it's difficult to watch them all doing twists in the air just as she had done for years — because now she can't do them.







'[It] weighs so heavy and I watch the girls do it, and it's just not the same,' she said.



'And I'm happy 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. But we go trough our own things. It's hard.Latest Post
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