Simon Byles talks about the Olympics and why he thinks he should have moved on.
The 24-year-old said this CutCamonghen Felix, “If you look at what’s been going on for the last seven years, I should never have made the Olympic team again.”
Byles said, “I should have given up before Tokyo, when Larry NASA was in the media for two years. It was too much. But I wasn’t going to let him take something I’ve been working on since I was 6 years old. I was not going to let go of the joy. So I went through it until my mind and body left me. “
In 2018, Byles spoke publicly about sexual harassment by Larry Nasser, a former doctor on the USA gymnastics team, who said the Tokyo Olympics this summer had a direct and negative impact on his mental health.
On Sept. 15, he joined other members of Team USA Gymnastics in what they said before the Senate Judiciary Committee was the FBI’s failed investigation into Nasser’s activities.
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Of course, the Byles still won the Olympics. He finished his run at the Tokyo Olympic Games and won a bronze medal in the Balance Beam final. He withdrew from the all-around competition, but his teammate Suni Lee was delighted to win the gold medal.
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Like many athletes in every sport, Byles faced mental and physical challenges for his highest performance and decided to prioritize his health as well as the well-being of his team. Dominic Davos, who won gold for Team USA in Atlanta in Team 1, was a wise decision.
“As a 15-year-old veteran in gymnastics, I went through a lot of mental depression,” Daws told BET.com in an interview. “It’s very scary, and it will be quite challenging to fight through during an Olympic Games.”
With seven Olympic gymnastics medals, Byles now connects Shannon Miller as the most accomplished gymnast in U.S. history.