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Simone Biles explains abstinence, citing mental health

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“After the performance that I did (on vault), I thought it was better if I took a step back and let these girls go out there and do the job, and they did just that. They get a gold medal from me in fighting because they never gave up. They showed the world what they’re capable of.”
On why she performed an unplanned one-and-a-half twisting Yurchenko versus a planned two-and-a-half twisting Yurchenko:

Simone Biles explains withdrawal, citing mental health “I did not choose to do a one-and-a-half (laughs). I tried to do a two-and-a-half, and that just was not clicking. It’s very uncharacteristic of me, and it just sucks that it happened here at the Olympic Games. With the year that it’s been, I’m really not surprised how it played out.”

“In the back gym, coming in today, it was like fighting all those demons, ‘I have to put my pride aside, I have to do it for the team’. At the end of the day, I have to do what’s right for me and focus on my mental health, and not jeopardize my health and well-being.
On her mental state:

“That’s why I decided to kind of take a step back and let them do their work, and they did it. They’re Olympic silver medalists, so it’s something they should be very proud of, because they did it without me. I was there in spirit, and they did amazing.”
On what led to her decision to withdraw from the team final after vault, and her team’s subsequent performance:

“I just don’t trust myself as much as I used to. I don’t know if it’s age. I’m a little bit more nervous when I do gymnastics. I feel like I’m also not having as much fun, and I know that this Olympic Games, I wanted it to be for myself (crying).
On how support has affected her mental state:

“You don’t really know how to handle all these emotions, especially at the Olympic Games. Yes, we have tons of resources available to us, but I’m kind of one to tough it out until the last minute.
“I was still doing it for other people, so it hurts my heart that doing what I love has been kind of taken away from me to please other people.”

“Obviously it didn’t work that way (in the team final), so moving forward we’ll go back to the tactics that have always worked.”
“I was still doing it for other people, so it hurts my heart that doing what I love has been kind of taken away from me to please other people.”

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