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Thomas Bach praises American courage, Simone Biles

Thomas Bach praises American courage, Simone Biles

German International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach on Friday praised American gymnastics legend Simone Biles, saying that she showed "the Olympic spirit at its height" when she encouraged her colleagues despite being a substitute due to "mental health" problems.

Thomas Bach praises American courage, Simone Biles German International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach on Friday praised American gymnastics legend Simone Biles, saying that she showed "the Olympic spirit at its height" when she encouraged her colleagues despite being a substitute due to "mental health" problems.


Bach said Biles showed great courage by admitting she was mentally unprepared for the competition, before appearing in the stands cheering Sunisa Lee's successor to the title.


On Tuesday evening, when she decided, to everyone's astonishment, to withdraw from the full-team competition after just one jump, Bayaz said that she "does not want to risk hurting herself or doing something stupid by participating in this competition."


Biles, who won five golds in the Rio Olympics, touched on her mental health and talked about "sprains" (loss of balance and sense of space in the air), a well-known phenomenon in gymnastics and trampoline.


Suddenly, the athlete loses control, his body stops responding, his parameters of concentration and movements disappear, a kind of disengagement that leads to confusion.


"I can only say that we are with her and we wish her well," Bach told reporters in Tokyo, adding that he had spoken to Biles after she withdrew from the team competition before withdrawing from the singles of the full competition as well.


"I really like the way she handled the situation," Bach added. On the one hand, she admits that she suffers from this problem. This is really brave. Who would have admitted a year ago that he suffers from mental problems?

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