When Simone Biles withdrew from her individual all-around gymnastics competition at Tokyo Olympics yesterday, it shocked the world.
She is the reigning champion and an Olympic Gold Medalist. A superstar and the “face of the Games.” But her decision to pull out to focus on her mental well-being is a real act of courage. Because she knows what is important and not what other thinks is important.
Everyone knows that Olympians are in top of their forms both mentally and physically. They have trained years and competed for this opportunity at the Olympics. Nevertheless the pressure of competition on a world stage is multiplied by social expectations.
Biles faces enormous pressure in her decisions. A conflicting choice that most of us would not face nor wanting to face. In the end, being true to and mindful of herself is the right choice. Further, by stepping aside to care for her mental health, Simone created a win-win for others to step forward and have an opportunity to shine.
What does it take to be a champion?