Simone Biles, the superstar gymnast who withdrew from the individual and team all-around at the Tokyo Games, took to her fans on Twitter on Wednesday evening to thank them for their support.
“The overwhelming love and support I received made me realize that I am more than my accomplishments and my gymnastics that I never really believed in before,” she tweeted.
The American superstar dropped out of the team final earlier this week after appearing to falter in the jump competition, opening the door for the Russian team of athletes to win gold for the first time in nearly three decades.
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On Wednesday, US Gymnastics announced that she would be skipping the individual events “in order to focus on her sanity.”
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One follower praised Biles on his tweet, posting: “This is the best update we can see. You are one hell of a hero, and I don’t know if I’ve ever felt prouder as a gym fan. since ancient times. The script you rewrite will help millions of people. “
The Associated Press contributed to this report