“Think We’re Robots”: Active Mental Health Advocate, Simone Biles Busts Another Myth of Harsh Gymnastics Life

Simone Biles, the gymnastic prodigy, went on to set the mat ablaze at the US Women’s World Team Selection Camp. At Katy, Texas, the 26-year-old earned an all-around total of 55.700. With the thought of returning to her home ground, it was a given that she would top her all-round standings. The Selection Camp acted as a prelude to the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships early next month, asserting Biles’ anticipated power pact displays. Even though she started off with a sixth finish on the first routine, the reigning all-round champion picked up pace soon. However, according to her, there’s more to gymnastics apart from the competition.

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In an interview with USA Gymnastics, the queen stepped down for a candid questionnaire. Clad in orange gym wear, she shed some light on a handful of gym occurrences. Especially, how some gymnasts enter the arena with a preconceived notion and get proven wrong instantly.

Simone Biles spills the gym beans

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After earning a direct spot for the US team at the World Championships, Biles heaved a sigh of relief. That’s because her commencement wasn’t as great. Without much delay, Biles made her triumphant comeback demonstrating her gymnastic prowess. Besides the nail-biting anxiety of the National team selections, gymnasts usually engage in fun-filled stress relievers at the gym.

Besides being ecstatic about returning to Antwerp a decade later, Biles said, “The amount of girls that have gone on scholarships, the amount of girls that we have on the National team really comes together. But not just Artistic Gymnastics. We also have trampoline and tumbling, and I think, all of us together in that gym in that atmosphere, it really pushes everybody. I think it’s fun.” Biles also said that girls enter the gym with pre-believed concepts and she is the first one to break those. They would ask, “I didn’t know what to expect.” The 26-year-old would say in response, “What do you think we’re robots? Half the time we’re goofing off!” 

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The kid in her showed up, but immediately went back inside, as she summoned her professionalism back into the conversation. Despite her finesse on the mat, Biles is writing history after history.

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On a record sixth World Championships team, Biles clinched a spot, proceeding to work her magic in Belgium next month. Owing to her infamous ‘twisties‘ and joining the mental health awareness tribe, she had proved herself time and again. In a discreet interview with Olympics.com, Biles said, “See for me, that was the hardest part because speaking out on mental health, I knew that I could have the possibility of becoming an advocate for that. But it wasn’t my goal. It’s not what I really wanted.” Cruising past all the hardships, her not-so-overwhelming routine secured her spot at the Nationals team again.

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Last month, Biles claimed her 8th US title, smashing Jochim’s 90-year-old record. Despite lagging behind Shilese Jones in some, the 26-year-old is making her comeback in full form.

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