The American superstar, who is aiming for five Olympic titles in Tokyo, was replaced in full competition in the team gymnastics event. She suffers from a “mental” problem, according to several US journalists.
It is one of the announced megastars of these Olympic Games. But Simone Biles’ competition takes a funny turn. After quietly negotiating the qualifications, the American missed the start of the team competition, the event where she wanted to start her harvest of medals.
His passage on the beam was unworthy of his talent (less difficult jump, missed reception). And the thunderclap sounded: Simone Biles was withdrawn from the American team, leaving her place to a replacement. After wiping away a few tears, the gymnast from Ohio joined the sidelines, to encourage her teammates. Without his usual smile.
A mental problem for Biles?
What’s happening to him ? This is where it is even more blurry. The American federation evoked a “Medical problem”, without saying more. But according to the US media, which get their information from members of the management, Biles’ problem is « mental ».
On Monday, on the eve of this first final, Biles wrote on Instagram that she “Sometimes felt the weight of the world on his shoulders. ” Did she end up being overtaken by the pressure, she who is probably the greatest gymnast in history? In Tokyo, his crazy bet was to win five gold medals in as many events. In Rio, in 2016, she won four titles and a bronze medal. Hard to beat. Too difficult, even for an extraordinary champion like her?
– Sports.fr (@sports_fr) July 27, 2021