Shannon Miller, the most decorated American gymnast in Olympic history, gave a perspective only a fellow gymnast could give when it came to Simone Biles’ decision to withdraw from the team finals competition on Tuesday due to mental health issues.
“What I think is really important here is you have Simone, who clearly knew something wasn’t right, and if you’re flying and flipping and spinning 10, 15 feet above the floor, looking for a landing, you can just better in the right headspace or really bad things are going to happen,” Miller said in a Tuesday night interview on CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith.”
Biles said she was not in the right frame of mind to continue the competition.
“Physically I feel good,” she told Hoda Kotb on NBC’s “TODAY” show after she pulled out. “Emotionally, that kind of time and moment varies. Coming here to the Olympics and being the main star of the Olympics is not an easy feat. So we just try to take it day by day, and we’ll see.”
Miller, who has won a total of seven Olympic medals, underlined to receive Shepard Smith that Biles is sending a critical message to the world.
“I think it’s so important that the message is being sent that it’s important to be aware of your body, to be aware of your emotional state and your mental state. I think that’s a good message for all of us Miller said.