Olympic Games

Simone Biles speaks out about what happened with the team in Tokyo

The news of Simone Biles' step aside quickly traveled and the 24-year-old athlete faced the press appearance with great integrity to explain herself.

The world has been watching closely and with high expectations at elite gymnast Simone Biles. So when she wasn’t perfect, many people were shocked.

Olympic and pandemic stress a dangerous combination

The stress of the Olympics is something most people can’t even imagine. Add to that the stress of the last year, going through a pandemic, an empty stadium, and high pressure to perform not just well, but perfect, and you get an atmosphere of extreme stress.

Simone Biles decided to take a step back, which also surprised many people. Articulate and with grace, she explains why it was better for her mentally as well as better for the team, who went on to win the silver. She is not injured physically, but the emotional toll became too much for her, leading her to withdraw.