- Simone Biles is once again set to be one of the stars of the Summer Olympics.
- In an interview with Glamour, Biles said she went through “all the emotions” during the COVID-19 lockdown.
- “I wanted to give up,” Biles said. “But it would have been dumb because I’ve worked way too hard.”
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Simone Biles has already cemented her legacy as the greatest gymnast of all time and one of the greatest athletes in the history of sports.
This summer, she’s set to write one more chapter in that legacy at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, where the 24-year-old will attempt to lead Team USA women’s gymnastics to a third straight gold medal.
While Biles is one of the best to ever compete, she said she contemplated quitting her sport after the COVID-19 pandemic postponed the 2020 Olympics into 2021.
Biles spoke about training for the Olympics in an interview published in Glamour on Tuesday, in which she said she processed “all the emotions” after Texas went into lockdown in March 2020 and shut down her training facilities.
“I wanted to give up,” Biles said. “But it would have been dumb because I’ve worked way too hard.”
The postponement of the Olympics meant another year of brutal training for Biles, keeping her body and mind at peak performance with hopes that she can take the top of the podium one more time. It also meant Biles’ competition had another year to potentially catch up to her if she didn’t continue to push herself.
Rather than giving up, Biles found another gear, pushing the sport with new displays of skill so courageous that the judges had to start grading her on a curve.
The Summer Olympics are set to begin July 23, with Biles leading Team USA women’s gymnastics once again.