In her return to the competition floor, Biles competed in the balance beam and took home the bronze medal. It may not be the color she usually fights for, but likely the most important medal she has ever won after fighting through “the twisties.”
Following her performance, Biles sat down with Mike Tirico and opened up about her issues at this year’s Olympics. “Put your mental health first,” she said. “That’s more important than any other medal you could win.”
“Great interview @Simone_Biles you are the [goat emoji]!!!!” Rodgers said. “@miketirico once again proving why he’s the best in the business, listening and letting Simone speak her truth. Very inspiring stuff #keeptheconversationgoing #mentalhealth.”
Rodgers spoke more in depth about Miles a few days ago.
“I think it’s important that we work on our mental state and as you’ve seen with Simone Biles, I think there needs to be more conversation around that,” Rodgers said. “We as athletes are often put on a pedestal that we’re not — that we’re beyond any mental hindrances or clutter. And the only time that mental health often gets talked about is when it’s under the conversation of depression. I didn’t have any depression, but I have a ton of respect for people who speak out in those situations.”
Biles also revealed she was dealing with a family tragedy amid trying to get her mental health in order on the global stage of the Tokyo Olympics.
“At the end of the day, people don’t understand what we are going through,” Biles said, via Olympics.com. “Two days ago, I woke up and my aunt unexpectedly passed, and it wasn’t any easier being here at the Olympic Games.”
Biles said the bronze medal – her seventh Olympic medal – meant more than the gold medals she won in 2016.
“It means more than all the golds because I’ve pushed through so much the last five years and the last week while I’ve even been here. It was very emotional, and I’m just proud of myself and just all of these girls, as well,” Biles said.
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