Biles, after successful the bronze medal within the steadiness beam occasion, instructed reporters these watching Olympians from house don’t know what they’re going by.
“On the finish of the day, folks do not perceive what we’re going by,” Biles mentioned, through Olympics.com. “Two days in the past, I awoke and my aunt unexpectedly handed, and it wasn’t any simpler being right here on the Olympic Video games.”
The dying of her aunt was placed on prime of the psychological gymnastics she was going by. She withdrew from the crew all-around last and later two different particular person competitions. She mentioned she was coping with the “twisties” and was combating spatial consciousness on her dismounts.
Biles’ withdrawal sparked a much bigger dialog on psychological well being.
“Undoubtedly bringing a lightweight to the dialog of psychological well being, it is one thing that individuals undergo loads that’s sort of pushed underneath the rug,” she mentioned. “I really feel like we’re not simply leisure, we’re people, as nicely, and we’ve emotions.”
Biles instructed NBC’s “Today” the bronze medal – her seventh Olympic medal – meant greater than the gold medals she gained in 2016.
“It means greater than all of the golds as a result of I’ve pushed by a lot the final 5 years and the final week whereas I’ve even been right here. It was very emotional, and I am simply happy with myself and simply all of those ladies, as nicely,” Biles mentioned.
“I did not actually care in regards to the final result. I used to be simply completely satisfied that I made the routine and that I acquired to compete another time.”