Simone Biles thought ‘world is going to hate me’ after she left team final at Tokyo Games

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Simone Biles thought 'world is going to hate me' after she left team final at Tokyo Games

Decorated gymnast Simone Biles thought “the world is going to hate me” when she withdrew from the team final at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after experiencing the “twisties.”

The four-time Olympic gold medalist revealed what was going through her mind in the 2020 Summer Olympics on an episode of the “Call Her Daddy” podcast posted on Wednesday. When she realized she had the “twisties,” best described as when a gymnast can’t comprehend what their body is trying to do and is unable to execute moves, Biles thought she would be heavily criticized by her home country.

“If I could have got on a plane and flown home, I would have done it,” Biles said. “As soon as I landed (the vault), I was like, ‘Oh, America hates me.’ The world is going to hate me. And I can only see what they’re saying on Twitter right now. That was my first thought.

“I thought I was gonna be banned from America. Because that’s what they tell you; don’t come back. If it’s not gold, gold or bust, don’t come back.”

All Around first place medalist Simone Biles during the 2023 U.S. Gymnastics Championships at SAP Center.

Biles was replaced by Jordan Chiles in the team event, where the U.S. won silver. Biles won the bronze medal in the balance beam before stepping away from gymnastics for a time. She also detailed what it’s like to experience the “twisties,” comparing them to the “yips” in baseball or suddenly forgetting how to drive a car.

“It’s basically like your mind and your body is at a disconnect. Your body is going to try to do something and your mind is going to be like, ‘No, you’re not doing this,’ ” Biles said. “You’ve been doing something for so long, and you now no longer have control.

“I go to tell my coach, and I said ‘I’m done. I’m not doing any more.’ Because if I survive that, I don’t know how much else I can survive.”

Biles has returned to excellence in gymnastics. In October, Biles won her 33rd medal at the world championships and Olympics, tying Vitaly Scherbo for most by any gymnast, and she will be going for more at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Simone Biles thought America would hate her after twisties in Tokyo

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