SIMONE BILES has revealed that her aunt died just two days before her triumphant return to the Olympics.
The American superstar put in a strong performance to bag a bronze medal in the balance beam on Tuesday.
Simone Biles has revealed she suffered a family tragedy two days before her Olympic return[/caption]
The American star claimed bronze in the balance beam on Tuesday after withdrawing from events last week[/caption]
That was after the 24-year-old stepped aside last week to focus on her mental health.
The gymnast told reporters: “I woke up the other day and my aunt had unexpectedly passed and I’m like, you guys have no idea what we’re going through.”
Biles says the traumatic news came after she dropped out of the Games over her concerns regarding her mental health.
And her coach, Cecile Canqueteau-Landi, confirmed the news.
She told People: “That was another one, I was like, ‘Oh my God. This week needs to be over.’
“She said, ‘There’s nothing I can do from over here. So I’m just going to finish my week and when I get home we’ll deal with it.’”
Discussing her withdrawal last week, which drew fierce criticism from Piers Morgan, Biles said: “It wasn’t easy pulling out of those competitions, but physically and mentally I wasn’t in the right head-space and I didn’t want to jeopardise my health and my safety, because at the end of the day it’s not worth it.
“My physical and mental health is above all medals I could win.
“To be cleared to do beam – which I didn’t think I was going to be – meant the world. Just to be back out here.
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“I wasn’t expecting to walk away with a medal. I was out there doing this for me and whatever happens, happens.”
Reflecting on the extreme highs and lows of her time in Tokyo, Biles added: “It’s been a long week.
“At least I’ve ended it on a high and I’ll deal with everything else when I get back.”
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