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Simone Biles is still struggling after dealing with the "twisties" at the Tokyo Olympics. Biles discussed her mental health on the "Today" show Thursday.
The interview, which spans nearly 10 minutes, focused on Biles' reaction and response to Larry Nassar, and Biles' struggles at the Tokyo Olympics. Biles, who is currently participating in the Gold Over America Tour, revealed she is "still scared to do gymnastics" following the Olympics.
Biles' comments begin around the 5:50 mark of the video.
“I don’t think people understand the magnitude of what I go through.”@Simone_Biles tells @hodakotb about life after the Tokyo Olympics, the next chapter of her gymnastics career, and working for the health and telemedicine app Cerebral. The company’s CEO also joins us live. pic.twitter.com/4EG6gucUcY
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) October 21, 2021
Biles fought back tears as she discussed the issue.
"I don't twist [on tour,]" Biles said. "I do double lay half outs, which is my signature move on the floor. That's never affected me. But everything else weighs so heavy and I watch the girls do it and it's not the same.
"To do something that I've done forever and just not be able to do it because of everything I've gone through is really crazy, cause I love this sport so much. It's hard, I'm sorry. And I don't think people understand the magnitude of what I go through.
"For so many years to go through everything that I've gone through, put on a front, I'm proud of myself and I'm happy that I can be a leader for the survivors and bring courage to everybody speaking up, so I'm happy to be a voice for them. But we go through our own things and it's hard, but the twisting ... will come back. But I'm still scared to do gymnastics."
Biles then discussed some ways she has handled mental struggles, which include taking walks and being less active on social media.
Simone Biles withdrew from Tokyo Olympics events due to 'twisties'
Biles drew attention at the Tokyo Olympics after withdrawing from events at the games due to the "twisties" — a sensation in which a gymnast loses track of where they are when in the air. Biles has spoken openly about her mental health and struggles with the "twisties" following the event.
Biles has not retired from gymnastics, and believes she will eventually move past the "twisties." Once that happens, she can decide whether she wants to keep competing in high-level events.