Simone Biles is leaving Tokyo with a bronze medal and a world of support after she withdrew from competition to deal with the “twisties.” So the question on everyone’s mind is whether this is her last Olympic hurrah.
The greatest gymnast of all time says that she started to withdraw from the beam event, too, but she finally felt confident enough in her dismount and other skills to compete. That’s why the bronze was especially meaningful. “I’m proud of myself for the way I pushed through and even learned that dismount that I hadn’t done in years,” she said. “I wasn’t expecting to walk away with a medal or anything. I just wanted to go out there and do it for myself. And I did.”
When asked if another Olympics was in her future, Simone didn’t rule it out. She’s “keeping the door open” to the possibility. “I think I have to relish and take this Olympics in, and kind of recognize what I’ve done with my career because after 2016, I didn’t get to do that,” she explained. “Life just happens so quickly and now I have a greater appreciation for life after everything that’s happened in the last five years.”