Shocking the world on Tuesday, American gymnast superstar Simone Biles pulled out of the U.S. team gymnastics finals. While the all-time great athlete said she felt good physically, the emotional strain of this year’s games ultimately pushed her to withdrawal.
With the spotlight shining intently on the U.S. headliner, Biles has already faced significant blowback for her decision to call it quits.
But, two-time Olympian Aly Raisman has a message for anyone giving her former teammate a hard time.
This superstar duo claimed gold in the team event during Biles’ Olympic debut at the 2016 games in Rio.
“Just a friendly reminder: Olympic athletes are human & they’re doing the best they can. It’s REALLY hard to peak at the right moment do the routine of your life under such pressure. Really hard,” she wrote on Twitter.
Just a friendly reminder: Olympic athletes are human & they’re doing the best they can. It’s REALLY hard to peak at the right moment & do the routine of your life under such pressure. Really hard.
— Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) July 26, 2021
Widely considered the greatest gymnast of all time, Biles was certainly feeling the pressure to perform in Tokyo this summer. She expressed her anxieties in an Instagram post after yesterday’s prelims.
“I truly do feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders at times. I know I brush it off and make it seem like pressure doesn’t affect me but damn sometimes it’s hard hahaha! The olympics is no joke!” she wrote.
Following the withdrawal of their No. 1 gymnast, the U.S. unit claimed a silver medal behind the Russian Olympic Committee. In an Instagram post after the medal ceremony, Biles praised her teammates for following through when she couldn’t.
“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!” she wrote.
It’s still unclear whether or not Biles will defend her gold medal title in the all-around event on Thursday.