Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-07-28 14:33:03 –
Swimming superstar Michael Phelps has shown support for Simone Biles after the gold medal-winning gymnast decides to leave the team and the Tokyo Olympic Games general tournament to focus on mental health. increase.
If anyone can understand the pressure that Biles felt as a star of the Summer Olympics, it’s the most decorated Olympic athlete in history.
of Interview with NBC’s Mike TillicoPhelps said it broke his heart when he learned that Biles was struggling and pointed out that the pandemic brought mental health to the hearts of more people.
“As you know, we have a lot of weight on our shoulders, especially when we are in the light and all these expectations are cast on us, which is challenging.” Said Phelps. “It broke my heart, but when I look at it, the mental health of the last 18 months is what people are talking about.”
Phelps said, “It doesn’t have to be okay,” because we are all humans at the end of the day.
“I think the biggest thing is that we all need to ask for help from time to time as we experience the era. For me, personally, it was very rewarding. It was hard to ask for help. As Simone said, I felt like I was carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders, “Phelps said. “So it’s a tough situation.”
The 36-year-old said Biles’ story wanted to spotlight mental health issues, especially among athletes.
“I hope this will be a spectacular experience. It’s true. I hope this is an opportunity for us to get in and blow this mental health even further. It’s bigger than you can imagine.”
Phelps is not the only Olympic athlete who spoke in support of bile. 5 Olympic medals So did gymnast Nastia Liukin. She helped explain what happened to Biles in the vault before dropping out of the team finals on Tuesday.
“When I talked to her, she did the right thing,” Ryukin said. “She really wanted to focus on the team. Looking at what actually happened on the vault, she got lost and every gymnast knows it. We twist it. She was basically supposed to do that. All other rotations and complete loss in the air. In essence, all gymnasts experience a mental error. . “
She said getting lost in the air often happens in gymnasts.
“The level of difficulty she competes with is very high, and if you are not 100% sure of yourself and where you are in the air, it can be very dangerous.”
Regarding the following bile, USA Gymnastics says 24-year-old athletes will be evaluated daily to decide whether to participate in the finals of individual events next week.
Gymnast Jade Carey, 9th in qualifying, will be competing in the general tournament on Thursday.