For Simone Biles' legacy, medals will be secondary to her impact on mental health | USA TODAY 1

For Simone Biles’ legacy, medals will be secondary to her impact on mental health | USA TODAY

 

USA TODAY Sports' Nancy Armour says that in 50 years, we will be discussing Simone Biles' impact on mental health, not her medals.

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    1. @Nomo 4u
      Never! Obviously, I wouldn’t be calling it as it is, if I were like you. Try using punctuation!

    2. @Janet Donald
      Don’t start something that you can’t finish, simple as that. Too difficult for quitters to understand?

  1. Was she the only US member of the Olympics Gymnastic Team? I haven’t heard about one other person in the media other than Biles, Biles, Biles, so I am assuming she is the only one in the team.

  2. ABSOLUTLEY I AGREE!!!! IM WATCHING ANYTHING SHE DOES!!! THE CONVERSATION IS DEFINITELY NEEDED CONCERING MENTAL HEALTH IN ATHLETES AND EVERYONEELSE. ITS LOOK DOWN ON IN OUR COMMUNITY.. THAT HAS TO STOP.. IM GOING THRU SOMETHING NOW CAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC I DONT WANT TO GO OUT FOR NOTHING EVEN THOU IVE HAD THE VACCINE WEAR DOUBLE MASK AND FOLLOW ALL RULES.. I STILL HAVE A PROBLEM GOING OUT!!! NOTHING BUT LUV FOR U SIMONE.. KEEP MOVING FORWARD SAFELY..

    1. I’m not trying to be mean. But my friend we are always going to have obstacles. There is always going to be fear-mongering. And there is always going to be a mountain to climb. If you live your life in fear then you will never live your life completely. Just remember you could die of a million different things but the only thing that you are worried about is what the the mainstream media is telling you.
      Be courageous be willing to fight against your own feelings and mind set. And if you perish along the way then at least you will have no regrets for the things you wished you would have done. Live your life boldly. You can do this. But it starts in your mind.

  3. She’s certainly as highly decorated as anyone could hope to be. There’s a lotta racial and bigoted crap that would stress me out too much to be in them as well. There was a lot said by the Tokyo Olympic committee that turned my stomach, Japan hasn’t spoken out against anything and should’ve minded their own business when it came to telling the athletes what they could and could not do. Silent protest is the best way to handle things and keep your career in tact.

    1. @Harry J
      Don’t think anyone here was giving out fool’s gold but sure acted like a fool for a few days.

    2. ​@Rosie Her I am you are just missing it, nothing I have said has changed the topic. The girl has to look in the mirror, and she can either look with pride or glorify herself with the delusional self serving platitudes that so many like her are doing every day. I would rather walk away with my soul than a handful of worthless things that will bring others around me down.

  4. Proud of her she left with some medals at least & had left some major influence that we can all appreciate. Keep it up you’re amazing

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  6. I’ve been having much more fun and interest cheering for Suni, Jade, MyKayla this Olympics than anyone else. Talk about role models, those ladies are genuinely amazing for what they did.

  7. The stress of performers in gymnastics must be very high. Much higher than other events and sports. Gymnastics is so intense, so precise.

    1. It’s pretty much the same across all top competitors – folks do not know what goes on in locker rooms every single day after competitions!

      Can’t tell you how many swimmers I’ve picked up off a locker room shower floors, how many hockey sticks have to be replaced..

      ever notice in locker rooms, sometimes the metal lockers are dented?

      They didn’t get that way themselves.

      These breakdowns happen all the time for top athletes

      Then they learn to temper it – and that’s the next level up in athletics.

      – it usually happens in the privacy of someplace else – not on the world wide stage of the Olympics.

      This is not a mental health issue -it’s basically puberty, human development. We actually saw that with Michael Phelps – now he’s a different case, he’s got serious attention deficit disorder, his brain is not going to go through a normal human development.. and that’s why he can remain a freak of nature at an older age.

      And clearly, someone got a hold of him and put him back in the water – cuz he doesn’t do so well on land.

      Simone Biles is going through puberty. She’s got a 24-year-old brain now… She is not the dumb kid that coaches could manipulate over the past decade.

      And I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to be a 24-year-old black female gymnast in the middle of this cancel culture.. one wrong move?

      You’re hanging out with Matt lauer in Australia for the rest of your life.

    1. This isn’t a mental health issue – how the heck are you people psychiatrists suddenly?

      She’s 24 – she’s going through puberty. take a look at when the human brain is actually formed – does anybody follow science anymore? Or is it all feelings and what CNN tells you?

      I’ve had and coached top athletes… You people seriously don’t know what the hell you’re talking about. Simone learned something for the first time – fear. Failure. And it was her competing with herself.

      These moments always happen to top athletes, but it’s usually in the privacy of their own lives… Not in front of mo.rons like you.

      Your cancel culture and nastiness toward people who stick their necks out and strive for excellence, is sick.

      Obviously you have no faith in yourself – you’re insecure.

      Your cancel culture only adds so much to the pressure of people like Simone biles.

      You couldn’t possibly achieve 1 millionth of 1% of her excellent, so all you know how to do is take it down. There’s your path of least resistance. Don’t be the best you can be – keep others down so you don’t look as pathetic…

      For all of eternity, we’ve got beautiful photos of Simone at her best

      While all your kind have, are empty words out of wannabes on YouTube – anonymous nobody’s that are too lazy to get off their asses to achieve anything.

      Because the last people criticizing Simone right now – are high achievers, top athletes and true competitors… You’re not going to hear a peep of criticism out of people who really know.

      You don’t need to be canceled – because you’re nobody to cancel.

      And I truly hope you grow the hell up and that changes.

  8. . Yes her Mental Health, that’s exactly what it was. It had nothing to do with her not getting Gold.( silver and bronze is still awesome).When you don’t get what you want, just make an excuse or Justify why you are giving up. That’s getting to be America. Maybe it was playing on her Mental Health and maybe she was thinking well maybe I should have trained more instead of getting into the political scene.
    Yes your mental health is valuable but I thought that Olympians overcome mental situations to become champions.
    When the going gets tough, Some get going.
    I hope you figure it out Simone Biles. You are a wonderful athlete but you let others take you away from what was important to you and now it is showing in your performance. The truth hurts, but when you come to terms with it, it can be your ally.
    Good luck in the future.
    But here is some advice from just a normal person.
    Don’t make excuses, Find solutions.

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