Friday, June 24

Tokyo: messages of support from Michael Phelps, Nadia Comaneci and other athletes to Simone Biles after her decision to prioritize her mental health

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“We must protect our minds and bodies and not go out and do what the world wants us to do,” said Biles, explaining his retirement from the competition.

Numerous international athletes, including Olympic champions, expressed their support for American gymnast Simone Biles for her decision not to compete in Tokyo Games events and prioritize her mental health.

Renowned stars of Olympic pasts such as Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci and American swimmer Michael Phelps, they talked about the pressure of being an elite athlete.

“The more medals you have, when you return, the backpack is heavier,” Comaneci declared. While Phelps noted: “We carry a great weight on our shoulders.”

Biles, a four-time Olympic gold medalist, announced that do not participateá in the individual gymnastics general final, scheduled for Thursday.

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