Simone Biles just gave us a heartbreaking peek behind her curtain of grandeur.
Biles tweeted in Tokyo on Thursday for the first time since deciding to withdraw from the U.S. women’s gymnastics team and individual all-around events.
“The overwhelming love and support I received made me realize that I am more than my accomplishments and gymnastics that I never really believed in before,” the decorated Olympian wrote alongside her emoji. white hearted.
Biles has been active on social media, sharing supportive posts from around the world, including from his gym teammates.
“I have never been so proud to be part of such an amazing team with such an amazing group of girls. We stepped up our efforts when we needed it and did it for ourselves. We only need a medal. gold to anyone, we are WINNERS in our hearts, ”Team American gymnast Suni Lee wrote.
Former Olympian gymnast Nastia Liukin wrote a heartfelt thank you letter to Biles for showing the world who she is beyond an athlete.
“Thank you for showing the depth of who you are beyond an athlete as a leader, role model, mental health warrior and person,” Liukin wrote. “You came here as a gymnast and you come away as a hero.”
Biles’ withdrawal underscores the importance of mental health in athletes.
“We also have to focus on ourselves because at the end of the day we are also human,” Biles said, according to the Associated Press. “We need to protect our minds and our bodies, rather than just going out there and doing what the world wants us to do.”
Earlier this year, Naomi Osaka pulled out of Wimbledon to prioritize her mental health.
“Michael Phelps told me that by speaking, I might have saved a life,” Osaka wrote in an essay for TIME earlier this month. “If it’s true, then it was worth it.”