The athlete had previously opened up about dealing with the pressure to succeed at the Olympics.
Simone Biles is sharing the reason why she decided to withdraw from the gymnastics team final round at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
On Tuesday, the 24-year-old athlete revealed that her decision came in order to focus on her mental health.
"Whenever you get in a high stress situation you kind of freak out. I have to focus on my mental health and not jeopardize my health and wellbeing", she explained. "We have to protect our body and our mind."
"It just sucks when you’re fighting with your own head", Biles said, adding that she and her teammates are "not just athletes, we’re people at the end of the day."
The five-time Olympic medalist also assured fans that she's physically healthy. However, her mental and emotional state is a bit fragile.
"Physically, I feel good, I’m in shape", she revealed. "Emotionally, that kind of varies on the time and moment. Coming to the Olympics and being head star isn’t an easy feat, so we’re just trying to take it one day at a time and we’ll see."
Following Biles' withdrawal, the US gymnastics team won the Silver medal.
The gymnast had previously opened up about the pressure she felt to succeed at the Olympics in a heartfelt Instagram post. Read it here!