Simone Biles has opened up about her mental health, after pulling out of the gymnastics women’s team final at the Tokyo Olympics.
She explained that she didn’t have an injury, but that she was afraid she might suffer one.
“After the performance I did, I just didn’t want to go on”, she said.
“I have to focus on my mental health. I just think mental health is more prevalent in sports right now.
“We have to protect our minds and our bodies and not just go out and do what the world wants us to do.
“I don’t trust myself as much anymore. Maybe it’s getting older. There were a couple of days when everybody tweets you and you feel the weight of the world.
“We’re not just athletes. We’re people at the end of the day and sometimes you just have to step back.”
Jordan Chiles stepped in to replace Biles on short notice as the American’s took the silver medal home, followed by team Team GB winning bronze.