The announcement of Simone Biles' all-around package this Wednesday made the headlines of many American media.
The package of the four-time Olympic champion in Rio, who withdrew Tuesday from the all-around competition because she did not feel mentally ready to continue the competition, made a lot of talk across the Atlantic.
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The champion even suffered the thunderbolt of an influential conservative activist in the United States.
Support of Trump in recent years, Charlie Kirk who recognizes all the same that his compatriot is an "
" described her as a "
", denouncing certain remarks made by the gymnast to justify her withdrawal.
These Olympics, I wanted it to be for myself when I arrived - and I felt like I was still doing it for other people,
” Biles explained.
"America is raising a generation of mediocre people like Simone Biles"
Recalling that the Columbus, Ohio native was first in Japan to "
represent the nation,
" Charlie Kirk continued his rant by claiming that the United States
"was raising a generation of mediocre people like Simone Biles"
considered a "
shame for the country
Basketball player Jayson Tatum in support of the champion
On social networks, many Internet users have defended the 24-year-old champion and in particular NBA star Jayson Tatum. "
Is it that hard to be supportive and have empathy for what other people may be going through?" You talk about someone's daughter and her health. I wonder if he (Charlie Kirk, Editor's note) has kids and how he would react if someone talked about them that way. Because I would be mad with rage. Simone is a heroine,
”replied the Boston Celtics player. “
Mental health is a key to our health and should always remain a priority. The world of sports must focus more on emotions and mental well-being
, ”added Pau Gasol a little later.
Some thought Naomi Osaka was crazy or behaving like a diva! Finally seeing another great champion like Simone Biles having the same attitude, giving up for similar reasons, is sobering. Hope people understand the complexity better!
“, For his part wrote the French handball player Allison Pineau.