We’ve always been in awe of Simone Biles here at KISS.
The 24-year-old has shown courage and strength numerous times throughout her life, from her record breaking talent as a gymnast to her bravery and resilience as an assault survivor.
This week was no different when the athlete announced that she would withdraw from the women’s gymnastics team final at the Tokyo Olympics.
The American athlete left the arena after the vault, but returned to support her teammates as they claimed silver, while the Russian Olympic Committee won gold.
Simone withdrew from the event after scoring her lowest vault score of 13.766.
“After the performance I did, I just didn’t want to go on,” she said.
“I have to focus on my mental health. I just think mental health is more prevalent in sports right now. We have to protect our minds and our bodies and not just go out and do what the world wants us to do.”
She added: “I don’t trust myself as much anymore. Maybe it’s getting older. There were a couple of days when everybody tweets you and you feel the weight of the world. We’re not just athletes. We’re people at the end of the day and sometimes you just have to step back.
“I didn’t want to go out and do something stupid and get hurt. I feel like a lot of athletes speaking up has really helped. It’s so big, it’s the Olympic Games. At the end of the day we don’t want to be carried out of there on a stretcher.”
Simone Biles has always been someone we look up to, and today, our admiration for her has only increased.
When we think of role models, we might think of people who are the best at what they do, the ones who win gold and the ones who work hard and stop at nothing to achieve their dreams.
But Simone is a true role model is her strength and courage she showed by stepping back.
Simone was able to see that she was not in a good place mentally and that her health was suffering as a result. Her decision to with draw reminded us all that NOTHING is more important and bigger than our health and happiness.
Simone has also been a hero, she’s someone little girls, and people of all ages look up to when it comes to her record-breaking talent. But she’s a hero in more ways than one. Those same young girls who train and train to be like Simone, will rest and mind themselves to be like Simone.
Those girls who skip hanging out with their friends or miss big life events because of competitions or training, will no that it’s not the only option, and it’s okay to take a step back and put something else as priority sometimes.
The young girls who cried because they didn’t win gold at their first competition, will now remember that gold is not the only measure of success, if Simone Biles is to be our incredible example.
Simone Biles showed that she was human when she made the decision to withdraw from the competition, and reminded us humans at home, that heroism comes in many forms.
In withdrawing from the Olympic competition when she wasn’t feeling right, Simone reminded us that she’s human and a hero.