2020 Tokyo Olympics: Have Any Sponsors Dropped Simone Biles Since Her Withdrawal?

by Samantha Whidden

Following her shocking decision to withdraw from the team and all-around individual gymnastics events at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, iconic gymnast and dubbed G.O.A.T. Simone Biles may not see any of her sponsors dropping her anytime soon.

According to the Miami Herald, Simone Biles’ sponsors like Athleta and Visa are praising her decision to withdraw during the Olympics due to mental health concerns. 

Founder of A-Mark Partnership Strategies, Jim Andrews stated we are all past the time when athletes like Simone are valued simply for their athletic prowess. “She has earned a place in gymnastics history,” he declares.

Andrews then says that the 2020 Olympics athlete has proven herself to be an amazing spokesperson and influencer who has much to offer brands even without competing or retiring.

Athleta released a statement about Simone’s decision at the 2020 Olympics. “We stand by Simone and support her well-being both in and out of competition,” the women’s athletic brand states. The company also says that being the best also means knowing when to take of yourself. Which is what Simone is doing. “We are inspired by her leadership today and are behind her every step of the way.”

Visa also announced in a statement that Simone Biles is incredibly brave. Nabisco then says that the incredible gymnast is an inspiration. While Core Power adds Simone showed everyone her courage and strength. 

Simone Biles Talks “Twisties” Condition While At 2020 Olympics 

On Thursday, Simone Biles took to her Instagram Story to answer questions from fans regarding the condition she is experiencing at the 2020 Olympics called “Twisties.” 

Earlier this week, Simone attempt to do a 2.5 turn during her vault routine. She ended up doing a 1.5 before landing early. Biles states she began to experience “twisties” which causes her to lose the ability to sync her body’s movements with her mind’s awareness. This can cause pretty bad injuries due to the gymnast being unable to land safely. As part of her explanation, Biles posted a couple of videos of her doing mid-air turns on uneven bars. She was doing a half-turn in the first video before falling on her back.

Simone further explains her Olympics “Twisties” experience by writing, “I don’t think you realize how dangerous this is on hard/competition surface.”

She notes that it is actually petrifying trying to do a skill and not have mind and body in sync. “What’s even scarier is since I have no idea where I am in the air. I also have NO idea how I’m going to land, or what I’m going to land on,” she states.

According to various reports, Simone Biles could still compete in four other events at this year’s Olympics, which are uneven bars, vault, beam, and floor exercises. The events will take place next week.