Updated Jul 29, 2021 - Sports

Simone Biles reacts to "love and support" over Olympics decision

Simone Biles of Team United States blows a kiss whilst watching the Men's All-Around Final on day five of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on July 28, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan
U.S. gymnastics great Simone Biles blows a kiss whilst watching the men's all-around Final on day five of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Japan on Wednesday. Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Simone Biles tweeted her thanks Wednesday for the support she's received after pulling out of two Olympic gymnastics events to focus on her mental health.

What she's saying: "the outpouring love & support I’ve received has made me realize I’m more than my accomplishments and gymnastics which I never truly believed before. 🤍" Biles said.

The big picture: Since the 24-year-old four-time Olympic gold medalist withdrew from this week's Tokyo Games women's gymnastics team finals and the all-around final, fellow gymnasts, other sports personalities, leading public figures and fans have rallied behind her.

What to watch: Biles has qualified for all four of next week's individual event finals, but has yet to decide whether to take part in them.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with more details on Biles' tweet and further context on the gymnastics events.

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