Fans have joined voice with Simone Biles to hit back at the criticism she received over the summer after pulling out of events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics over concern for her own mental health by Piers Morgan.
Many questioned the American’s choice to miss events during the Games, with a minority including controversial former Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan criticising her and accusing her of letting her country down.
But many hailed her as an inspiration for competing in some events despite her struggles, helping Team USA to two medals in the process. Four weeks on, Biles has been reflecting on a busy summer on social media.
She posted on Instagram : “Can’t believe it’s already been a month. “Definitely not the way I planned the Olympics going but I wouldn’t change anything for the world. “I’m proud of myself and the career I’ve had thus far.” “I’ve pushed through so much the past couple years, the word quitter is not in my vocabulary”.
“For some of you that may be how you define me but keep talking because I can’t hear you over my seven Olympic medals which tied me for the most decorated gymnast EVER as well as most decorated American gymnast.”
Fans put Piers Morgan under fire, after making U.S. gymnast Simone Biles the target of his ire. The people of the internet are taking none of it, though, turning the British broadcaster’s own history and criticism back on him.
Biles is the most decorated female gymnast of all time, and boasts 30 world and Olympics titles so far during her career.
The 24-year-old would have hoped to add to her four Olympic gold medals in Tokyo but struggled with her mental health amid difficult circumstances, including a strict Olympic village quarantine and no fans in venues.
The 24-year-old has not committed to pushing for a place in the US team for Paris in 2024, though she has “left the door open” to the possibility of adding more medals to her impressive collection in the future.