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Simone Biles reveals her aunt passed away during the Olympics


Simone Biles shared with the media the unexpected death of her aunt two days ago, while she was competing in the Olympics.

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(CNN) -

United States gymnast Simone Biles revealed that her aunt passed away "unexpectedly" during the 2020 Olympics.

Simone Biles, arguably the greatest gymnast of all time, shared her loss with the media on Tuesday after winning the bronze medal in the balance beam competition.

"My aunt passed away unexpectedly two days ago, and that's something I didn't expect to happen while I was at the Olympics either. So at the end of the day, you have to be more aware of what you say online, because you have no idea what. what these athletes are going through, in addition to (in) their discipline, "said Biles.

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Biles did not compete in the four individual finals of the Tokyo Olympics, the individual jumping contest, uneven bars and floor exercise, after retiring during the women's team final, citing mental health problems.

He did return for the balance beam final, in which he hung his second bronze medal in the discipline after his third place at the 2016 Rio Games.

Help and support for Simone Biles during the Games

"Every day I had to be evaluated by the doctors, and then I had two sessions with a sports psychologist who helped me stay more balanced," said Biles, in relation to preparations for the balance beam final.


"They authorized me to do the bar, which I honestly didn't think they would authorize me to do last night."

Meanwhile, in an Instagram post, 24-year-old Biles said he "leaves Tokyo with a full heart."

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"It's not at all how I imagined or dreamed my second Olympics would be, but I feel blessed to represent the United States," Biles wrote.

"I will forever remember this unique Olympic experience. Thank you all for the endless love and support. I am truly grateful."

His silver medal in the team event and bronze on the balance beam mean that Biles has now reached seven Olympic medals in his career.

He also added: "Leaving Tokyo with 2 more Olympic medals to add to my collection, not bad at all!"

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Source: cnnespanol

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