Simone Biles has revealed why she withdrew from team finals in Tokyo.
At a press conference with all four members of the US gymnastics team — following their silver finish— Simone confirmed her decision to step away was due to mental health concerns.
“Whenever you get in a high-stress situation, you kind of freak out,” Simone said, per CNN. “I have to focus on my mental health and not jeopardize my health and wellbeing.” She added, “We have to protect our body and our mind.”
“It just sucks when you’re fighting with your own head,” Simone continued. “[We’re] not just athletes, we’re people at the end of the day.”