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‘That girl has endured more trauma by the age of 24 than most people’: Viral Instagram post shuts down Simone Biles’ critics

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‘That girl has endured more trauma by the age of 24 than most people’: Viral Instagram post shuts down Simone Biles’ critics

A gymnastics coach’s response to the criticism Olympic champion Simone Biles is receiving has gone viral.

Biles pulled out of events at the Tokyo Olympics for mental health reasons. Biles spoke about her decision in an interview with BBC Sport and said, “After the performance I did, I just didn’t want to go on. I have to focus on my mental health. I just think mental health is more prevalent in sports right now.”

Biles continued, “We have to protect our minds and our bodies and not just go out and do what the world wants us to do. I don’t trust myself as much anymore. Maybe it’s getting older. There were a couple of days when everybody tweets you and you feel the weight of the world.”

Actor Brandon Marino reposted a supportive message from a gymnastics coach named Andrea Orris to Twitter. The tweet went viral, accumulating over 135,000 retweets so far.

In the post, Orris spoke to her frustrations around the conversations happening about Biles’s decision to pull out of the competition.

“We are talking about the same person who was molested by her team doctor throughout her entire childhood and teen years,” Orris wrote in the lengthy Instagram Story. “won the World All-Around Championship title WHILE PASSING A KIDNEY STONE, put her body through an extra year of training through the pandemic.”

Orris continued to point out all of Biles’ accomplishments and further explained why Biles was right to put her mental health first. “And some people can still honestly say, ‘Simone Biles is soft. She is a quitter’… That girl has endured more trauma by the age of 24 than most people will ever go through in a lifetime.”

She also explained Biles’ balk (or hesitation mid-air) and how severe the consequences would’ve been if she wasn’t as talented as she is. “She could have been severely injured getting lost in the air like that, [and] the fact [that] she somehow landed on her feet shows her experience and is incredible. A very small wrong move, [can be] career-ending or even worse, life-threatening injuries can occur.”

Both Marino and Orris’ are being met with support online for their posts. Biles eventually retweeted Marino’s tweet, prompting calls for the public to give it a read. “Seeing as @Simone_Biles herself has retweeted this, it really should be read by anybody tempted to leap to ill-informed judgement,” one said.

Andrea Orris did not immediately respond to the Daily Dot’s request for comment.

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