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Biles' Olympic fate in balance as support pours in

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While I have a great hope that these Olympics go well, with everyone safe and taken care of; I also have the regret of these games taking place under these current conditions. They really shouldn't have happened. It's so sad. Peace.

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Biles shouldn’t have come if she were not up to it. She let her teammates down and cost them a once in a lifetime opportunity for a gold medal and the fulfillment of their dreams. The team would have made different tactical choices without their team leader and frankly, the greatest gymnast male or female in Olympic history.

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According to her own words, her teammates stepped up when she couldn't, and congratulated them for having her back

https://www.instagram.com/p/CR1qltpBe3k/

I’m SO proud of these girls right here. You girls are incredibly brave & talented! I’ll forever be inspired by your determination to not give up and to fight through adversity! They stepped up when I couldn’t. thanks for being there for me and having my back! forever love y’all.

Her teammates competed admirably when they knew all their scores would count and they can no longer drop the lowest score

It's probably for the better Biles exited when her mind isn't up to it, instead of making a mess out there that would further demoralize the team

We'll see what happens in the individual finals

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She's a human-being. Even great athletes succumb to pressure. Nothing wrong with that.

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I feel bad for her. Sometimes it just happens when the mental block comes through. She's a fighter though so hopefully she'll compete individually.

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They do say it’s hard at the top, but that’s where true champions shine.

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I am in no way downplaying mental health issues but these days the go to reason for not preforming well or doing something wrong in the sports or celebrity world is to say "my mental health" and everyone supports or forgives.

This rarely applies to us mere mortals, if we pull out of our work or don't finish a job regardless of the reason, few if anyone will pay us on the back and tell us how brave we are for doing that.

No more likely we are fired, end up In litigation for not fulfilling our contract, etc ..

As I said I am not downplaying the issue but I worry it give not celebrities and not special Athletes the wrong impression as if life works that way for everyone.

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she gets special treatment like others due to her activist politics, its that simple.

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I’ve never competed in sport at a high level, but to the best of my recollection, this used to be called “quitting”.

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Not sure just what is in her mind right now but if she doesn't believe that she can do it then she shouldn't compete. She said -

"I didn't want to go out and do something stupid and get hurt... At the end of the day we don't want to be carried out of there on a stretcher."

She's proved her worth many times over but she's right, not be in the right mindset, get it wrong and she could be seriously hurt. As we have seen in tennis, if you're not feeling up to it mentally you'll lose but you don't run the risk of crippling yourself for life.

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quitting is even more impressive than winning!

https://news.yahoo.com/simone-biles-withdrawal-more-impressive-145544415.html

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she gets special treatment like others due to her activist politics, its that simple.

Besides that, up until now the U.S. has 29 medals which includes 10 Golds. Where is the outpouring of congratulatory messages from celebrities and the White House for those winners?

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No problem. Don't they have an alternate who will now have a chance of a lifetime to compete?

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She is only 24, achieved more than most. She could be honest and call it over at this moment. Or as many seem to believe battle on until she is hanging from a bed sheet. She is 24 under enough pressure already. A happy life does not include strangers attacking her for taking the most difficult decision. But when your most confrontational situation is getting out of your mum’s chair to begrudgingly answer the doorbell. Might be time to have a moment to review your life achievements over the last 24 years.

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Wish I’d had the sense to quit many things at 24.

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@Blacklabel

The worrying amount of time you spend on here suggests you need help. Take a walk in the woods. Listen to nature. It is just Christian compassion for your being.

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It’s sport people has nothing at all to do with left or right politics. Really do you watch the gymnastics and say ohhhh they are right wing? Athletes such a bunch of left wing people. Are you mad? What does politics actually have to do with young people focusing on a goal. As an adult my focus is on what next? It’s hard to top completion at this level. And they are so young. Decision making not a strong point.

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CrickyToday  01:52 pm JST

It’s sport people has nothing at all to do with left or right politics.

For starters, the athletes are representing a country.

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U.S. icon Biles, widely regarded as the greatest gymnast of all time and one of the biggest stars at the Tokyo Games, shocked the sporting world on Tuesday after abruptly pulling out of team final following a lackluster opening vault.

It’s a complete mystery to me why a US icon who is widely regarded as the greatest gymnast of all time is getting support from others. I just can’t figure this out.

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yeah, at least she quit before hurting herself. Thats good, I guess.

But not what a team leader and the GOAT would do. so thats all gone now.

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For starters, the athletes are representing a country.

so their mental Health is less important than a vague sense of social identity? Could be representing any country. And is a country so vain, has so little confidence it needs validation from a chosen few who win a shinny thing?

‘well I feel I represent people…I don’t want a medal ( be nice) if you your country needs to be awarded a shiny thing to make you feel better for being excited about someone’s achievements that you had no part of. You are easily pleased. I understand the effort taken to get to this level, but I had nothing to do with it. I just rejoice in their success my country or not.

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> yeah, at least she quit before hurting herself. Thats good, I guess. 

But not what a team leader and the GOAT would do. so thats all gone now.

Thanks for your considered opinion.

Do you have any clue why Biles is getting “special” treatment? I still haven’t sorted it out.

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Besides that, up until now the U.S. has 29 medals which includes 10 Golds. Where is the outpouring of congratulatory messages from celebrities and the White House for those winners?

They'll most likely be invited to the White House, as has been tradition. But, I'll bet they won't be serving hamberders and cofvefe this time.

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But not what a team leader and the GOAT would do. so thats all gone now.

No, she's still the GOAT since she's won more world GOLD medals than others have world TOTAL medals

How many other times she's the one who carried the team? Many many times

It's one thing if she has done nothing for the team in prior competitions and then she did this, But it's another thing if she's the main one carrying the team for multiple years, and then she has this one hiccup

Michael Jordan could had missed the last jumpshot against the Jazz and not win his 6th NBA Championship, and he'd still be the GOAT - because he's carried the Bulls all those years they won their 5 other championships

And the same here - Biles had a hiccup, but she's still the GOAT because she has accumulated so much in her resume that nobody else is even close to her

That's why she's being forgiven - because she's already done a lot, much more than anyone before her had done. She has enough cheques that she can cash

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thats my opinion. whats yours? why is she so special that she gets a supportive tweet from Michelle Obama for quitting and causing her whole team to lose?

Because she is a U.S. widely regarded as the greatest gymnast of all time and one of the biggest stars at the Tokyo Games.

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*a U.S. icon

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Hope Biles is feeling well.

As far as all time great, Nadia Comaneci by a mile.

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As far as all time great, Nadia Comaneci by a mile.

Lol, Comaneci's not even close (13 total world medals: 7G, 5S, 1B) to Biles' 23 world Gs alone (not even counting her other medals)

Comaneci's the Kevin Durant to Simon Biles' Michael Jordan

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lostrune2Today  02:58 pm JST

Lol, Comaneci's not even close (13 total world medals: 7G, 5S, 1B) to Biles' 23 world Gs alone (not even counting her other medals)

Comaneci's the Kevin Durant to Simon Biles' Michael Jordan

So if someone runs one 100m race, sets a world record, wins one medal, and never runs again, while someone else wins 50 medals in the 100m race, but never runs faster than the first guy, you give the second guy the GOAT label just because of number of medals?

LOL.

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Not the definitive opinion, but an interesting read.

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/1265998-power-ranking-the-25-best-womens-gymnasts-in-olympic-history

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Bullying young women, especially one of color is a part of the loony right wing's lifestyle.

I wish her all the best and hope she recovers soon.

So if someone runs one 100m race, sets a world record, wins one medal, and never runs again, 

Which part of the 23 Gs wasn't clear??? Biles has outshined everyone else by a mile.

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@Commodore Perry

Your prejudice is clouding your judgement.

 In May 2021, when she returned to competition at the U.S. Classic in Indianapolis, she stunned audiences with an unprecedented feat in her vaulting routine: a Yurchenko double pike, requiring her to push off from the vaulting table with her hands and flip twice before landing. She is the first woman ever to perform this feat in competition.

https://achievement.org/achiever/simone-biles/

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It's not quoted above but in other articles, it has her saying she's not having fun in these Games.

I'm sorry, but she should push through her lack of having fun or her mental block of performing badly for her teammates.

If there was a chance she was going to quit like this because things weren't "fun" anymore, she should've given her spot to someone mentally more fit.

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While I do not support the games this time around I do respect these athletes.

The daily testing, isolation, restricted movement, and so on must really take a psychological toll on top of the nerves of competition.

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The daily testing, isolation, restricted movement, and so on must really take a psychological toll on top of the nerves of competition.

Absolutely. Some like Ms. Ohashi thrive, while others take a dive...

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