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Regroup, reset: Simone Biles to rest after trailblazing tour

During the “Gold Over America Tour” there is a video interluded that Simone Biles headlined the fall where she gives advice to an audience of primarily young women on how to deal with adversity.

“Regroup, reset, and everything will be fine,” she says.

The seven-time Olympic medalist — the most decorated gymnast ever — knows what she’s talking about.

Three months earlier, on the other side of the world, Biles withdrew from competing in the middle of the team finals at the Tokyo Games. The 24-year-old did it for her own personal well-being while she struggled with what’s known as “twists,” a phenomenon that didn’t allow her mind and body to sync up enough to do what she could safely. May what he has done. As well as anyone in the history of his sport.

The decision sparked a rapidly evolving discussion about the role that proper mental health plays, not only for athletes, but for all.

“It was very dangerous (at the moment),” Biles recently told the Associated Press. “(My body) said to me, ‘Hey, it’s enough, you’ve gotta go for help.'”

She did, and returned on the final day of the meeting to earn a bronze medal on the beam. After her breathtaking performance in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, Biles went home not with a handful of gold, but with something more valuable: a clean slate mentally.

Taking the lead in the post-Olympic tour also helped. Biles never considered bailing on it. If anything, he needed the tour – which wrapped up Sunday’s 32-city sprint in Boston – to help him and fellow Olympic teammates Jordan Chills, Mykayla Skinner, Jade Carey and Grace McCallum (as well as world champion Chelsea Memmel and Morgan Hurd) to help. (among others) break out of the over-pressurized bubble of elite gymnastics.

“This is the kind of break we best needed,” Biles said.

The “Goat” tour allowed Biles to reconnect with the energy of the crowd, energy that was conspicuously missing inside the Arieq Gymnastics Center, free of spectators in Tokyo.

When she initially announced the tour in the fall of 2019, she saw it as an alternative to the elite post-Olympic tour run by USA Gymnastics. She wanted something “completely different”.

A two-hour celebration of gymnastics, self-care and mental wellness seems fitting for an audience who has spent nearly two years battling stress COVID-19 global pandemic. The tour shifted the focus around the game again to the joy of doing it just for the sake of doing it.

“I think we’ve definitely changed the outlook on gymnastics because it’s been underperforming for a few years now,” Biles said. “So for the kids and the parents to come and watch the show, they’re like, ‘You can still have fun.’ This is normal.”

The show isn’t over yet—the “Gold Over America Tour” will hold a streaming event on December 4th EST, with Biles taking her approach in an effort to share with those who couldn’t make it in person.

“At least we’ll have the opportunity to be in their living room and feel like they’re with us,” she said.

For now, the post-trip to Belize awaits. And while Biles joked that she “would like to be buried in a hole or an island for two months,” that’s not an option. If anything, it’s possible that her “It’s OK to be OK” stand in Tokyo would have raised her profile more than if she’d just been there and dominated just like she did for the better of a decade. done for the part.

Biles is intent on using her platform to become an advocate for mental wellness, even as she emphasizes that she is hardly an expert when it comes to finding balance.

“I’m not trying to tell you how to navigate your journey,” she said, partly because she’s still on her own.

The success of the tour has forced him to re-examine his future. She’s going to wait to make a hard decision about whether or not she will return to the competition.

Still, she may see a day where the “Gold Over America Tour” becomes a post-Olympic sport, with her name attached as a presenter if not a performer.

Chile, who has become close with Biles since joining the World Champions Center – the giant Jim Biles family owns in the northern Houston suburbs – called her friend “a businessman at heart.”

“She loves to do things,” said Chile. “She likes to be on top… there’s going to be a bunch of stuff that’s going to get in her way and I can’t wait to see it.”

Whether any of that “stuff” means a run at the Paris Olympics in three years remains to be seen. One thing Biles has learned is that she isn’t into gymnastics; The game he helped redefine won’t be the only thing that defines him.

So it’s time to take a break. Maybe a permanent one, maybe not. Anyhow, she’s good.

“I know that if I walk away from the sport, I know there are other things and different paths out there,” Biles said. “For me, it’s just figuring out what I really want to do.”

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