TOKYO, July 28 (Reuters) – Gymnast Simone Biles was flooded with messages of support from fellow athletes after she pulled out of two events at the Tokyo Games citing mental health, a sign of how awareness of emotional well-being has dramatically shifted in recent years.
The 24-year-old American superstar shocked the sporting world by pulling out of the team all-around competition on Tuesday citing the need to protect her mental health. A day later, she withdrew from the individual all-around event.
“We also have to focus on ourselves because at the end of the day, we’re human too,” she told reporters after her team mates surrendered gold and their title to Russian gymnasts.
“We have to protect our mind and our body rather than just go out there and do what the world wants us to do.”
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Source: Reuters, Martin Petty, Mitch Phillips