When everyone else was expecting Super Bowl Champ Tom Brady or Gold-Award winning gymnast Suni Lee to take home the “Athlete of the Year” award, the sphere of sports has gone to shock after the award was given to Simone Biles, who ironically receives the title for NOT performing.
Truth be told, it was a controversial pick as to who selected Biles, a 4x Olympic gold medalist, as the recipient of the prestigious accolade.
After struggling with some mental health issues including the “Twisties”, a term used to refer to a happening when a gymnast, unfortunately, gets disoriented mid-air, Biles decided to pull out of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and take a break.
During those times, Biles sees it as one of her darkest days. She said that it was difficult for her to withdraw and even shared that she was seeing a therapist at that time to help silence her “demons”, saying “I have to focus on my mental health and not jeopardize my health and well-being.”
Because of her statement, Biles was adored by fellow athletes and fans across the country for giving emphasis on the importance of mental health. Making it known to everyone that mental health is an important aspect of one’s holistic well-being. However, critics have also emerged bashing Biles with negative comments, saying that Biles quit on her team and turned her back on her country, insisting that there is nothing to celebrate about.
Recently named “Athlete of the Year” and Count teammate, Suni Lee, totally agrees with those who believe that Biles has given a life-long positive impact on the world of sports.
“What Simone did, changed the way we view our well-being, 100%. It showed us that we are more than the sport, that we are human beings who also can have days that are hard. It really humanized us,” according to Lee.
When asked about the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Biles is adamant and stern that even if she is given the chance to turn back time, she would still do the same thing and handle things just the way she handled it initially.
“I was torn because things weren’t going the way I wanted,” Biles said, “But looking back, I wouldn’t change it for anything.”
May Simone Biles’ story be an inspiration to all of us, that sometimes our lows can be disheartening but being able to hurdle those lows can change our mindset and be our guiding light forever.