Simone Biles recently announced that she will be dropping out of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on account of her mental health issues, prompting people to fire back at her for "giving up" when things get tough. But Simone wouldn't take any of it, telling people it's dangerous to ignore when your mind and body just aren't "in sync."
On her Instagram story on Thursday night, the Team USA gymnast, who is already sporting 6 Olympic medals (4 gold, 1 silver, and 1 bronze), explained to fans why she decided to exit the Games.
The twenty-four-year-old started her Instagram story by posting 2 videos of her training on bars trying to complete her twisting and flipping dismount, explaining that what she's supposed to do in competition and what she actually did in training Thursday morning were not the same thing.
"I didn't have a bad performance and quit, I've had plenty of bad performances throughout my career and finished the competition," Simone wrote in her story. "I simply got so lost my safety was at risk as well as a team medal."
"I also have no idea how I landed on my feet on that vault because if you look at the pictures & my eyes you can see how confused I am as to where I am in the air," she continued.
"I don't think you realize how dangerous this is on hard/competition surface, nor do I have to explain why I put health first. Physical health is mental health."
She explained to her followers asking questions on her story that she is supposed to do one-and-a-half more twists than what she was able to do in training.
"It randomly started happening after prelims competition the VERY next morning," Simone said about the problems she started experiencing with her routine. "By that time NO an alternative was not allowed to be placed in my position for you 'know it alls.' "
Simone came out about the fact she's experiencing the "twisties", and when someone asked if she "still has them", she said "unfortunately so", explaining the videos were taken the morning of practice.
Twisties are often a sense of "disconnectedness."
Gymnasts need a great sense of air awareness and muscle memory to complete a skill, so when they get the "twisties", things can become extremely dangerous.
Earlier this week, the Olympic star thanked all of her supporters on her Instagram.
"The outpouring love & support I've received has made me realize I'm more than my accomplishments and gymnastics which I never truly believed before," she wrote.
Piers Morgan recently came under fire for his comments on Simone's decision to exit Tokyo, recently sharing a tweet saying: "So, to sum up, today's Simone Biles debate, snowflake Twitter is 100 percent adamant that walking out on teammates at work is brave, strong, inspiring, and iconic--and anyone who does it should be celebrated as one of the world's greatest heroes... Good to know," as he posts a clip of him storming out, unable to take criticism.
But as figures like Piers Morgan continue to fire at Simone, she holds her head high, grateful for her fans, and the support of her brilliant teammates, explaining that people just don't understand how "dangerous" her sport can be if her mind isn't in it.
We support you, Simone!