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  • World-renowned gymnast Simone Biles has  had a difficult time at the Tokyo Olympics.  

  • The 2016 individual gold medalist had to  withdraw from the gymnastic team final  

  • and the first three apparatus finals because  of the strain on her mental health. Biles said,

  • "It wasn't easy pulling out  of all those competitions."

  • She added that she chose to  prioritize herself, explaining,

  • "People just thought it was easy, but  I physically and mentally was not in  

  • the right head space and I didn't want  to jeopardize my health and my safety  

  • because, at the end of the  day, it's not worth it."

  • The star later decided to defend her bronze  medal on the balance beam and walked away victorious.

  • She explained that she was grateful  to win the bronze medal. The 24-year-old said,

  • "[It] just meant the world to be back  out there. And I wasn't expecting to  

  • walk away with the medal. I was just  going out there doing this for me."

  • While Biles was happy with how  she finished her run in Tokyo,  

  • the Olympian was also in a rush to get home.

  • After the beam finals, Simone Biles' aunt  on her father's side "unexpectedly passed,"  

  • the Ohio native told reporters.

  • Simone Biles' coach, Cecile Landi, spoke to the  outlet about the devastating loss. She said,

  • "That was another one, I was like, 'Oh  my God. This week needs to be over.'"

  • She explained that Biles powered through the  painful time. Landi asked the Olympian how she  

  • could help, but Biles replied she just needed  time. The Team USA Gymnastics coach continued,

  • "She called her parents. She said,  'There's nothing I can do from over here.

  • So I'm just going to finish my week  and when I get home we'll deal with it.'"

  • Landi also shared her perspective  

  • on Biles withdrawing from a few events  to protect her mental health. She said,

  • "I don't think I would have had the guts to say  I'm not okay. I think I would have probably just  

  • crashed somewhere, and probably injured myself.  I think for me, she's the first one at a meet  

  • at the biggest stage, to say 'I'm not okay.' A  lot of people don't understand it, but we do."

  • Despite facing many challenges in Tokyo, Biles  managed to leave Japan not only as a medalist  

  • but also an inspiration to people around  the globe who struggle with mental health.

  • Although certain commentators reckon Simone  Biles should've just shut up and got on with it,  

  • the Olympian hopes that by speaking  up about her struggles in Tokyo,  

  • she can help end the stigma surrounding mental  health issues in the athletic community.  

  • As the New York Post notes, Biles became the  biggest headline out of the games although  

  • she likely didn't intend to be. On her  decision to speak up, the gymnast said,

  • "I think it should be talked aboutlot more, especially with athletes,  

  • because I know some of us are going through  the same things and we're always told to push  

  • through it. But we're all a little bit older  now and we can kind of speak for ourselves."

  • She added emphatically,

  • "At the end of the day, we're not just  entertainment, we're humans and there are  

  • things going on behind the scenes that we're also  trying to juggle with as well on top of sports."

  • As NBC New York notes, Biles went on to  explain that just because people assumed  

  • she wasn't really at risksince her issue  was mental rather than physicalthat doesn't  

  • necessarily mean that was the case. And for  everybody claiming the gymnast simply gave up,

  • "The girls saw me in training and  my coaches saw me in training,  

  • I physically couldn't do it safely."

  • According to CNN, the G.O.A.T. Simone Biles  opened up about the loss of her beloved  

  • aunt during a press conference following her  bronze medal win on Tuesday. Biles admitted,

  • "Two days ago my aunt unexpectedly passed,  

  • and that was something I wasn't expecting  to happen at the Olympic Games either."

  • She added,

  • "So at the end of the day, you have to belittle bit more mindful of what you say online,  

  • because you have no idea of what these athletes  are going through as well as (in) their sports."

  • The champion gymnast was clearly referring to the  

  • scathing commentary surrounding  her stepping back from the games.

  • Still, her return to the balance beam was no  easy feat, with Biles noting that daily medical  

  • evaluations took place to ensure she was okay  to go ahead. Likewise, a sports psychologist  

  • helped her feel "more level-headedoverall. The Olympian acknowledged that,  

  • ultimately, she didn't expect to be cleared to  compete again. Despite her seemingly letting  

  • down large sections of the internet - who  most likely couldn't dream of achieving  

  • anything close to what she hasBiles confirmed  she was "leaving Tokyo with a full heart."

  • As the celebrated athlete explained  on Instagram, the experience was,

  • "Not at all how I imagined or  dreamed my second Olympics would go."

  • Regardless, she feels "blessed  to represent the USA," noting,  

  • "I'll forever cherish this  unique Olympic experience."

  • If you or someone you know is struggling with  mental health, please contact the Crisis Text  

  • Line by texting HOME to 741741, call the  National Alliance on Mental Illness helpline  

  • at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264), or visit the  National Institute of Mental Health website.

World-renowned gymnast Simone Biles has  had a difficult time at the Tokyo Olympics.  

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