Simone Biles Putting her Mental Health First | 22 Words

Simone Biles has described her decision to put her mental health first at the Olympics as one of her "greatest accomplishments."

Biles recognized her accomplishment during a Zoom call with President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, and fellow Team USA athletes over the weekend.

As per BuzzFeed, Biles told the president that, despite the Olympics not going as she had expected it to, it was a great accomplishment.

"The Olympics was not how I expected it to go, but putting my mental and my physical health first will probably be one of my greatest accomplishments," Biles said.

It comes after Biles shocked the world when she pulled out of a team final, before then withdrawing from three more individual events telling reporters that she has "to focus on my mental health."

Biles pulled out midway through the all-around team final after scoring her lowest Olympic vault score in the opening rotation.



The President was full of praise for all of the athletes who competed in the Games as he congratulated them for their performances and told them they "really represented America."

Biden singled out swimmer Katie Ledecky and runner Isaiah Jewett for their displays of sportsmanship during their competitions.

"When you get knocked down by an opponent on track and you stop and go back and pick him up and walk to the finish line with him, c'mon. That's what America's supposed to be about," Biden said, referring to Jewett and Nijel Amos of Botswana's decision to help each other up after falling during the 800-meter race.

"These are the things that people look at around the world more than anything that I do as your president or other people do in public life," he said, as per ABC News. "They get the impression of who we are as Americans -- who we are. And your handling yourself with such grace and such, such decency, it just, you made me so damn proud."

Biles also reflected on the difficulties she faced during the competition, admitting that earlier in her career, she would probably have been "too stubborn" to take a step back.

"To have mental health be talked about more in sports is really nice because, at the end of the day, we are humans before athletes," she said.

Biden praised Biles' choice to step back and prioritize her mental health, noting that it set an important example for many people.

"And guess what? You got back up on that damn beam," the President said. "I tell you what — doing a flip on a 4-inch beam is my idea of going to purgatory. I'd try most anything else before I'd try that."