Simone Biles gets real about the pressure to succeed at the Tokyo Olympics

Simone Biles gets real about the pressure to succeed at the Tokyo Olympics

The 24-year-old gymnast reflected on the Olympics' preliminary round. 

Simone Biles is opening up about the pressure she feels to succeed at the Tokyo Olympics, following her preliminary round errors. 

On Monday, the five-time Olympic medalist took to Instagram to reflect on her first day of gymnastics at the Summer Games in Tokyo.

"Prelims ☑️ now to prepare for finals. It wasn't an easy day or my best but I got through it", she wrote, seemingly referring to the stumbles she had made on floor and vault the previous day.

"I truly do feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders at times. I know I brush it off and make it seem like pressure doesn't affect me but damn sometimes it's hard hahaha! The Olympics is no joke!", the 24-year-old continued.

"BUT I'm happy my family was able to be with me virtually�� they mean the world to me!", Biles added, sharing a selfie of herself and a monitor that showed her parents cheering their daughter on from across the ocean. 

On Sunday, the US team —led by Biles— made some sloppy errors during the preliminary round at Ariake Gymnastics Centre. They came out second with a score of 170.562, a little over a thousand points behind the Russian team. 

"I feel we did a pretty good job. Obviously, there are little things we need to work on, so we'll go back and practice and work on that, just so we can do our best performance at team finals because that's what matters", Biles said after completing the round. 

The women's gymnastics team final will take place on Tuesday, while the individual all-around final is scheduled for Thursday.

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