Taylor Swift created a touching tribute for Simone Biles, ahead of her last event at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics. The elite gymnast qualified for all competitions, but withdrew from most of them last week, taking a monumental step back to mental health and physical safety.
Biles explained that she has the “twisties,” which prevent gymnasts from feeling connected to their bodies in the air. Without this spatial awareness, their fascinating stunts can lead to serious injury. Although she took the necessary precautions to preserve her well-being, Biles has undergone close public scrutiny for her decision.
In an interview with NBC, Biles said she needed medical clearance to compete and was waiting for the green light to do so. But after tripping through the practice laps it didn’t seem likely.
Before retiring from his last event, Biles worked with his coach to simplify his beam routine. “I asked Cécile if we could try a downgraded outing that I probably haven’t done since I was 12 or 13,” she said. The idea worked and she was able to compete last night, despite mounting criticism that she is not as talented as before.
Swift, who also handled the audience review, recounted a tribute ahead of Biles’ performance. The video, set to folklore “This Is Me Trying,” opened with a pressing question. “What do we want from our heroes?
The singer asks: “What are we expected from them?” What do we need them for? What happens when they surprise us? on footage of Biles’ safe routine.
“When you have the world’s attention, everything you do takes on a bigger meaning. It can be a heavy burden, ”Swift explains in the video.
“Over the past week, her voice has been as important as her talents,” she concludes. “His honesty as beautiful as the perfection that has long been his signature.”
Biles saw the video and tweeted, “I cry like it’s special.” Fast then responded, “I cried looking at you. I feel so lucky to have been able to watch you all these years, but this week has been a lesson in emotional intelligence and resilience. We have all learned from you. Thank you.”
Biles placed third on beam, winning a bronze medal for the US team. But she remains one of the most decorated gymnasts of all time, winning a total of 32 Olympic medals throughout her career.