Biles grateful for support during ‘mental health journey’

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Gymnastics-Biles appreciates support during 'mental health journey'

Oct 11 (Reuters) – American gymnast Simone Biles said on Wednesday she was grateful for the support of fans and family as she dealt with mental health issues that kept her out of competition for two years. yet his triumphant return.

Biles withdrew from several events at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics because of “twisties,” a temporary loss of spatial awareness in mid-air. His withdrawal to focus on his mental health is one of the biggest stories of the Games.

She returned in August to win an eighth all-around title at the US Gymnastics Championships in San Jose. At the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships that ended on Sunday in Belgium, she won five medals – four gold and one silver.

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“I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the fans, friends, family and community who have been unwavering pillars of support in my mental health journey,” Biles wrote in a social media post.

“Your encouragement, love, and belief in me has been instrumental in my success and recovery. Knowing that you are there, encouraging me, gives me the strength to push through the hardest times.”

He added: “The World Championships was an absolute dream and I still can’t believe it.”

Biles, 26, is a four-time Olympic and 23-time world championships gold medalist who has looked dominant since her return to the sport.

Considered by many to be the greatest gymnast of all time, Biles said she plans to compete next summer at the Paris Olympic Games.

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