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Simone Biles shows it’s OK to choke

Michael McLaren

Chip Le Grand, Chief reporter for The Age Newspaper – crime, sport and national affairs, regarding USA Gymnastics Simone Biles who announced she is prioritising her mental wellbeing after withdrawing during the team final on Tuesday.

Mr Le Grand writes, ‘Biles deciding not to compete in the gymnastics team final in Tokyo on Tuesday night told us more about this remarkable woman than had she performed brilliantly to win another gold medal.’

It also showed the culture of this exacting sport, in what it expects of its athletes and how athletes see themselves, is dramatically changed from just five years ago when Biles, seemingly impervious to pressure, was near perfect in Rio.

A decision is yet to be made on whether she will compete in the individual events.

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