Simone Biles withdrew from 4 out of 5 event finals at the Olympic Games to focus on her mental health. And now she has taken to Instagram to hit back at the people that are still giving her a hard time over her decision.
Just a month after the Tokyo Games, Simone Biles has looked back on her experience at the Olympics, while also responding to critics who called her a "quitter" for withdrawing.
The twenty-four-year-old gymnast took to Instagram on Saturday to show off her 2 medals and dismiss the comments some trolls have made about her "abandoning" her teammates.
Biles left the world in total shock when she withdrew from the all-around competition in July to focus on her mental health, and while she received a lot of support from fans, some accused her of "quitting."
But despite the backlash, she returned to the competition for the balance beam final and snagged herself a well-deserved bronze medal.
"Can't believe it's already been a month. Definitely not the way I planned the Olympics going but I wouldn't change anything for the world," she captioned her Instagram post.
"This Olympics doesn't erase the past accomplishments I've achieved nor does it define who I am as an athlete," she wrote. "I've pushed through so much the past couple of years, the word quitter is not in my vocabulary.
"For some of you that may be how you define me," she added. "But keep talking because I can't hear you over my 7 Olympic medals which tied me for the most decorated gymnast EVER as well as most decorated American gymnast."
Biles' post received over 859,000 likes and thousands of comments from supportive fans, including a few star-studded celebrities...
Supermodel Naomi Campbell wrote: "Speak on it. Thank you @simonebiles," while actress Viola Davis responded with: "Woooooooohoooooo!!!!!!!!"
"You are the most remarkable human ever to exist," Beanie Feldstein gushed under the post.
Biles teammate Jordan Chiles also commented, writing: "Preach! Say it louder for the people in the back."
Meanwhile, other fans have thanked Biles for highlighting the importance of prioritizing mental health.
"The example you set was far more valuable than any medal," one Instagram user wrote.
Biles hasn't stated whether she will continue training for the 2024 Olympics in Paris, but she did recently admit on the TODAY show that she is "leaving the door open" for a possible Olympic return.
We can't wait to see what her future has in store for her.