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  • American gymnast Simone Biles revealed on Thursday that she still deals with residual fear after suffering from “the twisties” at the Tokyo Olympics this past summer.
  • Biles is currently headlining the Gold Over America Tour, but she told NBC she does not perform any twists while in the air.
  • "The twisting once I got back will come back, but I'm still scared to do gymnastics," the seven-time Olympic medalist said.

American gymnast Simone Biles revealed on Thursday that she still deals with residual fear after suffering from “the twisties” at the Tokyo Olympics this past summer. 

"To do something that I've done forever and just not be able to do it because of everything I've gone through is really crazy because I love this sport so much," Biles said on NBC’s “Today” show.

"It's hard. I’m sorry. And I don't think people understand the magnitude of what I go through, but for so many years to go through everything that I've gone through having a front, I’m proud of myself," she continued. 

Biles is currently headlining the Gold Over America Tour, but she told NBC she does not perform any twists while in the air. The Olympic champion withdrew from several events in Tokyo due to a bout with midair disorientation commonly referred to as the twisties. 

"The twisting once I got back will come back, but I'm still scared to do gymnastics," the seven-time Olympic medalist said.

The 24-year-old told NBC her troubles on the mat can be traced to mental health issues, and she has joined telemedicine app Cerebral as its chief impact officer to help others through their own struggles. 

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Biles testified on Capitol Hill in September regarding the abuse she suffered at the hands of former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who was sentenced up to 175 years for his crimes. 

Speaking before the Senate Judiciary committee, Biles blamed the entire system that created the conditions for Nassar’s abuse, including USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee who “knew that I was abused by their official team doctor long before I was ever made aware of their knowledge.”

“To be clear, I blame Larry Nassar and I also blame an entire system that enabled and perpetrated his abuse," she said.


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Published on Oct 21, 2021