Simone Biles says her mind and body 'cracked' when she got to the 2020 Olympics
- Simone Biles says her mind and body "cracked" when she got to the Olympics earlier this year.
- Biles stepped away from multiple Olympic medal events because of the "twisties."
Simone Biles says her mind and body "cracked" when she got to the Tokyo Olympics earlier this year, and says therapy has been "really relieving" in the aftermath.
Biles made the comment on the "Today" show on Thursday morning, after host Hoda Kotb asked her if the abuse she faced from disgraced former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar impacted her performance.
"Over the years, after suppressing so many emotions and putting up a front on a global scene, all of that came to light and my body and my mind allowed me to suppress all that stuff for so many years, for as long as it could take," Biles told Kotb. "And as soon as we stepped on to the Olympic scene, it just decided it couldn't do it anymore and it cracked."
Biles experienced the "twisties" at the 2020 Olympics, a condition that causes athletes to get disoriented in the air. She had to pull out of multiple events because of the "twisties," at the time saying she needed to focus on her mental health.
"In the moment I tried to blame myself again, but I knew I couldn't put that blame on myself and once that happened, all of the pieces were put together and I knew exactly what was going on, why it was happening, and it sucked because again I'm on a global stage and everybody gets to watch me go through that," she told Kotb. "And they get to form their own opinions before I even get to say what's going on."
Biles said she has since started therapy, and is taking care of her mental health while on the road with her "Gold Over America" gymnastics tour.
"Getting the mental health therapy I need has been really relieving for me," she said.
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