Former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaWe must mount an all-country response to help our Afghan allies Obamas, Bushes and Clintons joining new effort to help Afghan refugees Bidens, former presidents mark 9/11 anniversary MORE on Tuesday shared her support for U.S. gymnastics star Simone Biles after the athlete withdrew from the team gymnastics competition at the Tokyo Olympics, tweeting, “We are proud of you and we are rooting for you.”
“Am I good enough? Yes, I am. The mantra I practice daily,” Obama wrote before tagging Biles’s Twitter account.
“We are proud of you and we are rooting for you,” she told Biles, who is considered by many to be the greatest gymnast of all time.
Obama also commended the entire U.S. gymnastics team for their performance after Biles pulled out, writing, “Congratulations on the silver medal, Team @USA!”
The former first lady is just one of many to send messages of praise to the two-time Olympian, who told reporters Tuesday that her mental health influenced her decision to not compete with her team.
“At the end of the day, I have to do what was right for me,” Biles said. “It just sucks that it happened at the Olympic Games.”
Biles will still have the opportunity to medal in the all-around competition on Thursday, as well as individual contests on floor, beam, vault and uneven bars.
Obama has consistently been a vocal supporter of Biles and in May tweeted the now-viral video of Biles successfully landing a Yurchenko double pike off of the vault at the 2021 U.S. Classic in Indianapolis, making her the first female gymnast to complete the skill at a major competition.
“Always amazed by you,” Obama wrote at the time. “Keep shining — we’re rooting for you!”
Biles has also identified Obama as a “role model,” telling People magazine in February that the former first lady’s now-famous catchphrase from the 2016 Democratic National Convention has stuck with her as an important piece of advice.
"For me, as an African American woman, something she said that I took to heart was 'When they go low, we go high,'" Biles said. "Sometimes you have to be the bigger person."
"That'll always stick with me, especially being an African American," she explained. "I like that one a lot."
Fellow athletes and other public figures shared messages of praise for Biles on Tuesday, including Utah Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyFive questions and answers about the debt ceiling fight Warren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack Overnight On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — GOP senator: It's 'foolish' to buy Treasury bonds MORE (R), who tweeted, "I love and admire Simone Biles and our Olympians.”
"I take pride in them, not so much for the medals they win as for the grace, humanity & character of their hearts,” he added.