Simone Biles was caught saying ‘those sucked’ and ‘I want to die’ after disappointing performances at Olympic trials

Simone Biles.
Simone Biles. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
  • Simone Biles was not happy with her performances during Day 2 of US Olympic Gymnastics Trials.
  • The 24-year-old was caught on hot mics reacting to particularly disappointing performances.
  • She was heard saying “those sucked” after her vault and “I want to die” after falling on the beam.
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Simone Biles finished in second place on Day 2 of the US Olympic Gymnastics Trials.

For anyone else, that constitutes a remarkable showing. But for the sport’s greatest of all time, it was a pretty bad day at the office.

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Simone Biles. AP Photo/Matthias Schrader

And she wasn’t exactly subtle in her disappointment. The 24-year-old superstar was caught on cameras reacting viscerally to her less-than-perfect performances at the St. Louis, Missouri competition Sunday night.

It all started on vault, where Biles pulled off back-to-back skills very few other human beings could even fathom attempting. But her landings on both passes were rather lackluster, as she hopped a few feet before grounding herself on the mat.

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Simone Biles. AP Photo/Matthias Schrader

She walked away and, after hugging her coaches, approached her teammate with a simple but effective message:

“Those sucked,” Biles said.

She went on to finish first in the event.

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When it came time for the uneven bars – which is not typically as strong an event for her as vault is – Biles was already on edge. And when she found herself wobbling on the low bar early in the routine, she was downright angry.

“I want to die,” the mics picked up as Biles walked towards fellow gymnasts Jordan Chiles and Grace McCallum.

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To no one’s surprise, Biles still finished atop the table when all was said and done at US Olympic Gymnastics Trials. She bested second-place finisher Sunisa “Suni” Lee – who will be joining her, Chiles, and McCallum on Team USA’s team all-around squad for the Tokyo Olympics – by more than two points.

Even though the end result worked out, Biles will certainly look to shore up her routines ahead of next month’s games. Her campaign for gold begins with women’s qualifiers on Sunday, July 25.