Why Simone Biles withdrew from some Olympic events


« Put your sanity first. » It is because of them that the American athlete Simone Biles preferred to withdraw from certain events of the Tokyo Olympics: the « twisties », the nightmare of gymnasts. This is what it consists of.

Why Simone Biles withdrew from some Olympic events

« Put your sanity first. » It is because of them that the American athlete Simone Biles preferred to withdraw from certain events of the Tokyo Olympics: the « twisties », the nightmare of gymnasts. This is what it consists of.

What are “Twisties”?

It all happened on July 27, 2021: The gymnast missed that she has been able to do since she was 12. The exercise consists of a backward somersault with 2.5 turns. Instead, Simone Biles was only able to complete a spin and a half, almost tripping as it hit the ground. What happened to Simone Biles is a mysterious phenomenon known to gymnasts as « twisties », meaning getting lost in the air while doing a twist. Gymnasts should be aware of this. that they do with their body at all times. This is called the « sense of the air ». However, those who experience the « twisties » lose the notion of their space, of what is above and what is below.

« Twisties » Can Be Extremely Dangerous

« Twisties » can be extremely dangerous and cause serious injury, paralysis or even death. On the morning of July 27, Simone Biles said she had « a little bit of the twisties. » She then withdrew from the team final and announced that she would not compete in the all-around. Gymnasts at this level have usually been encouraged to compete and persevere despite injuries and mental health issues. This was particularly the case at the 1996 Olympics, when Kerri Strug landed a one-leg jump after injuring herself on a previous round of competition.

Simone Biles was praised for using her notoriety to advance competitive gymnastics.

07/30/2021 12:54update : 07/30/2021 12:55

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