Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles took to social media on September 4 and reflected on her month following the Tokyo Olympics, as well as threw shade towards folks calling her a “quitter.”
Along with a photo of her medals from the Olympic tournaments, the gymnast penned a lengthy diary-like message reflecting on her month post-Olympics and talked about haters calling her a “quitter.”
“Can’t believe it’s already been a month. Definitely, not the way I planned the Olympics going, but I wouldn’t change anything for the world,” Biles said.
“I’m proud of myself and the career I’ve had thus far. This Olympics doesn’t erase the past accomplishments I’ve achieved, nor does it define who I am as an athlete. I’ve pushed through so much the past couple years. The word quitter is not in my vocabulary,” the gymnast continued.
“For some of you, that may be how you define me, but keep talking because I can’t hear you over my 7 Olympic medals, which tied me for the most decorated gymnast EVER as well as most decorated American gymnast.”
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As previously reported by Sister2Sister, during her time competing at the Tokyo Games, Biles was hit with waves of criticism and support after she decided to withdraw from Team USA’s all-around final in Japan for the sake of her mental health and a case of the twisties.
In an interview, Biles told the Associated Press at the time, “We’re not just entertainment, we’re humans.” “And there are things going on behind the scenes that we’re also trying to juggle with as well, on top of sports.”
Biles also pulled out of four individual finals before choosing to make a comeback and obtaining a bronze on the balance beam, securing a tie alongside Shannon Miller for the most medals won by an American gymnast.