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Olympia 2021 in Tokyo: Simone Biles - White House and IOC support Turnstar


The team final in Olympic gymnastics broke off US superstar Simone Biles, she indicated mental problems. There is now encouragement from the White House - and also from the organizers of the IOC.

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Simone Biles in Tokyo: She broke off the team final

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US gymnast Simone Biles caused the topic of conversation on the day of the competition with her exit in the team final at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

There are now initial reactions, including from their home country.

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki encouraged Biles.

"Gratitude and support is what Simone Biles deserves," Psaki tweeted.

Biles is still the greatest, "and we are all fortunate to be able to see her in action."

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) also showed support for Biles.

As an IOC spokesman said, you have great respect for your decision.

Biles had given up the competition on Tuesday after the first device, the jump.

The US Gymnastics Federation announced that this was done for "a medical reason".

The exceptional gymnast indicated that she had mental problems.

She no longer trusts herself the way she did, she doesn't know if it's age, but she gets more nervous when she does gymnastics.

"I also feel like I'm not enjoying that much anymore," she said.

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IOC President Thomas Bach had attended the gymnastics competitions and spoke to the athlete after Biles' retirement.

Biles is one of the most popular athletes in Tokyo, so her participation is important for the organizers.

The four-time Olympic champion initially left it open whether she would compete in the individual all-around competition in Tokyo on Thursday.

Without the 24-year-old, the USA team was second behind the Russian gymnasts.

hba / dpa / Reuters

Source: spiegel

All sports articles on 2021-07-28

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