Gymnastics GOAT Simone Biles has spoken candidly and publicly following her withdrawal from the US women’s team at Tokyo 2020, recognising the support she has received from fans and peers in the last few days.

Taking to Twitter on Thursday morning, Simone wrote that the amount of love and support she’s gotten since she stepped back from the squad to focus on her mental health has made her realise she’s more than what she achieves in her sporting career.

Droves of fans and supporters have responded to Simone’s tweet, praising her for recognising the importance of her mental well-being as well as her physical health. Many have also thanked her for her courage and being a reminder that it’s okay to stop, step back, and take stock when needed.

After a stumble on the vault during the women’s team final on Tuesday, Simone officially decided to step out of the squad for the remainder of the event. USA Gymnastics later confirmed to officials that she would also not be competing in the Women’s all-around final on Thursday.

In a statement released by the USA team, it was confirmed that Jade Carey would take Simone’s place in the all-around.

“We wholeheartedly support Simone’s decision and applaud her bravery in prioritising her well-being,” the statement read.

“Her courage shows, yet again, why she is a role model for so many.”

Notably, celebs like Justin Bieber have publicly supported Simone in her decision to step back from the Games, with Justin recognising that nobody truly understands the pressures that public figures face every day.

USA Gymnastics is yet to confirm whether Simone Biles will also step back from the individual finals, which kick off in Tokyo from Sunday, August 1.


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