Simone Biles blames Larry Nassar abuse for Tokyo Olympics withdrawal
Simone Biles finished off the Tokyo Olympics on a high note, grabbing a bronze medal in the beam final. However, that was after she withdrew from two main events due to mental health concerns.
Biles appeared on the Today show on Wednesday and discussed the struggles she went through during the Olympics and how former Team USA doctor Larry Nassar played a part in her issues, per TMZ:
“Now that I think about it, maybe in the back of my head, probably yes because there are certain triggers. You dont even know and I think it could have,” said Simone Biles.
Biles is among 150 victims who spoke out on the sexual misconduct she received from Nassar, which eventually led to him being sentenced to a maximum of 175 years in prison.
Simone Biles, who has won four gold medals, made it known on Wednesday that she was hoping the Nassar scandal could be forgotten with her competing in Tokyo:
“I knew that being the face of Gymnastics and the USA an everything we brought, it’s not going to be buried under rug and it will still be a big conversation.”
Biles also revealed after winning bronze that she has been mourning the loss of her aunt, who passed away during the Olympics. Considering all the things she’s been going through, it’s a huge feat to keep pushing through.