2020 Tokyo Olympics: Simone Biles Reflects on ‘Unique Experience’ at Games

by Matthew Wilson

Team USA gymnast Simone Biles reflects on her time at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Biles made headlines after withdrawing from the competition. The gymnast chose to withdraw to focus on her mental wellbeing but did compete in her final scheduled event – the balance beam.

Now that the experience is over, Biles discussed her second Olympics. According to the gymnast, it’s not quite how she imagined things would go. But Biles wrote that she was thankful for all the support that she’s felt as a result.

“Not at all how I imagined or dreamed my second Olympics would go but blessed to represent the USA. I’ll forever cherish this unique Olympic experience. thanks, everyone for the endless love and support. I’m truly grateful,” Biles wrote. “leaving Tokyo with 2 more Olympic medals to add to my collection isn’t too shabby! 7-time Olympic medalist.”

Biles took home bronze in the balance beam during her final event. The athlete’s decision to withdraw has garnered widespread coverage from the media. Since then, everyone wanted to know both Biles’ immediate future in the Olympics and whether she plans to retire from the sport.

Simone Biles Plans to Take a Break

Biles said she plans to take things slow and take a break to herself after standing on the world’s stage. But she does plan to continue gymnastics for the near future.

“I definitely am going to take some time and let this Olympics sink in because I don’t think I did that after 2016,” the gymnast said. “We have tour after this, Gold Over America. We’ll be going to 35 cities, so I’m super excited about that. So we’ll just see.”

Biles chose to participate in the balance beam to close out her Olympics journey. She said the event had less risk of the twisties. Twisties can be a dangerous phenomenon within the world of gymnastics. Biles experience the twisties while competing and decided to leave the competition as a result. Biles barely managed to land on her feet after landing a twist short.

Biles withdrew from the team finals on July 27th. Afterward, she also withdrew from the majority of the individual all-around competition as well.

“I didn’t have to twist or do anything, so it was very much at a less risk, especially if I could do a different beam dismount,” Biles said. “I’m just proud I could go out there and compete one more time before the Olympics was over and do a new beam dismount I haven’t done since I was probably 12.”

Biles will have much to reflect on during her time away from the Olympics. Since her withdrawal, Biles has received an outpouring of support in her decision.