While the road was long and trying, the US Women’s Gymnastics team proved they could fight their way to a successful Olympic Games, bringing home the hardware to prove it.
To cap off an emotionally trying week, team leader Simone Biles made a stunning comeback, competing in the beam event finals – something she wasn’t sure she would do.
“Sitting out final after final and watching her teammates compete without her was the hardest part of these Games for Biles, who is not used to being on the outside looking in. Going into the Olympics, she hadn’t lost an all-around competition since 2013,” the New York Times reported.
For her performance, she captured the bronze medal – a medal that she said means more to her than any of the others.
“It means more than all the golds because I’ve pushed through so much the last five years and the last week while I’ve even been here,” Biles told Today’s Hoda Kotb. “It was very emotional, and I’m just proud of myself and just all of these girls, as well.”
A conversation surrounding mental health began when Biles pulled out of the team finals after competing on the vault. While attempting to rotate two and a half twists after her roundoff Yurchenko, Biles got lost in the air. She ended up rotating only one a half times, somehow landing on her feet.
The athlete, who is known worldwide for being the face of gymnastics, decided to put her mental health ahead of competing.
In addition to her bronze, Biles will take home the silver for the team finals. Between her 2016 Rio Games and Tokyo, Biles earned seven Olympic medals, proving she is indeed the GOAT.
A force to be reckoned with, the entire US Women’s Gymnastics team displayed the depth of their mental fortitude. Each member earned a medal for their perseverance.
“All of the female gymnasts who represented the U.S. at the 2020 Summer Games, postponed to 2021, took home medals. Carey and Skinner won the gold in the individual floor exercise and silver on vault respectively,” Today reported. “Lee won the bronze on uneven bars and gold in the individual all-around. Biles, Chiles and McCallum all won the silver for the team competition. That medal and Biles’ bronze tied her for the most Olympic medals for an American female gymnast.”
The stunning performances of each athlete will be remembered and celebrated. Each member displayed amazing gymnastics. Their ability to stand in support of each other is what is truly remarkable.
“At the end of the day, we’re not just athletes or entertainment,” Biles told Hoda Kotb. “We’re human too, and we have real emotions, and sometimes they don’t realize that we have things going on behind the scenes that affect us whenever we go out and compete.”
As the Olympics come to a close, the American team can breathe easy. For all they’ve been through the last few years in the sport of gymnastics, it’s time to celebrate.
While Biles’ career as an elite gymnast might be winding down, her legacy in the sport will be far reaching.