“I felt like I was carrying, as Simone said, the weight of the world on your shoulders, so yeah, it’s a tough situation,” he said.
Former Olympic gymnast Dominique Moceanu noted she competed with a serious injury at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics when she was just 14 years old. She said Biles’ decision “shows we have a say in our own health -” a word “I NEVER felt like I had it as an Olympian.”
Michelle Obama also joined the avalanche of support, telling Biles she was proud of herself.
“Am I good enough?” Yes I am. The mantra I practice on a daily basis, ”the former first lady told Biles in a tweet. “We are proud of you and we support you.”
United States Gymnastics noted he wholeheartedly supported Biles’ decision to step back and applauded his bravery in putting his well-being first.
“Her courage shows, once again, why she is a role model for so many people,” he said.