Quadruple Olympic champion Simone Biles finally broke her silence after the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for a year and said on Wednesday that if the news left her in tears, it was the right choice.
The American gymnast, who is generally very active on social media, appeared in the NBC “ Today ” program from her home to give her first public comments since the postponement of the Olympics last week due to the pandemic of coronavirus.
“I was actually training at the gym at the time because we were allowed to have less than 10 people … and I went to the locker between spins and got a text,” said Biles .
“I didn’t really know what to feel. I just sat there. I cried but ultimately it was the right decision. We have to make sure everyone in the United States and around the world is healthy and safe. It was difficult but it’s okay. “
“Physically, I have no doubt that my coaches will get me back in shape. But mentally, another year, I think that’s what will cost us all,” said @Simone_Biles on how the postponement of the 2020 Olympics will affect it. pic.twitter.com/6GoqXJVAYI
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April 1, 2020
Biles, 23, already the most decorated gymnast in the history of the world championships, had already announced that she would retire after the Tokyo Olympics, which were initially scheduled to take place from July 24 to August 8. 9 this year.
Biles, who in 2018 returned to competition after a layoff of almost two years, must now endure another grueling workout if she wants to ensure she will be at her best in Tokyo and admits it will be a challenge.
“Physically, I have no doubt that my coaches will get me back in shape, but by mentally continuing another year, I think that is what will cost us dearly, all of us and most athletes,” said Biles. .
“We have to stay fit mentally as much as physically. It will play a big role in the future, by listening to your body and your mind.”
With many Americans staying at home to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, Biles said she had kept in touch with her coaches via text messages and video calls to set a plan for the future. next year.
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“Apart from that, they sent us home workouts. I also walk my dog a lot more. I just try to stay healthy and fit before I can go back to the gym and start the process again. training, “said Biles. .
“(I do) more body work, so like arms, abs, legs. The other day I did a YouTube – it was like twerk training … It was a twerkout, but it was like a lot of squats and conditioning. ”