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Team USA's Simone Biles with her Olympic bronze medal during the women's balance beam final medal ceremony at the Tokyo Games in Japan. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Simone Biles said she "should have quit way before" the Tokyo Olympic Games, per an interview with New York Magazine published Monday.

The big picture: The 24-year-old U.S. gymnastics great opened up to the magazine about the expectations on her in the leadup to the Tokyo Games and the impact of the abuse by former Olympic Team USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who's now serving a 40– to 175-year prison term for sexually abusing young athletes.

  • The four-time Olympic gold medalist was the only survivor of Nassar's abuse to represent Team USA at the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Games, or at least the only one to have come forward publicly, the New York Times notes.
  • Biles dropped out of three of her event finals in Tokyo to prioritize her mental health. She won bronze in her final event, the individual balance beam final, to tie with Shannon Miller as the most decorated U.S. Olympic gymnast ever, with seven medals in total.

What she's saying: "If you looked at everything I’ve gone through for the past seven years, I should have never made another Olympic team," Biles told NYMag.

  • "I should have quit way before Tokyo, when Larry Nassar was in the media for two years," she continued.
  • "It was too much. But I was not going to let him take something I’ve worked for since I was 6 years old. I wasn’t going to let him take that joy away from me. So I pushed past that for as long as my mind and my body would let me."

Go deeper: Simone Biles' exit brings global attention to mental health

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Updated 3 hours ago - World

Reports: Up to 17 U.S. missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince earlier this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children were among up to 17 American Christian missionaries and their relatives kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, the New York Times first reported.

Details: The missionaries had just left an orphanage and were traveling by bus to the airport to "drop off some members" and were due to travel to another destination when the gang struck in Port-au-Prince, Haitian security officials said, per the NYT.

5 hours ago - World

Melbourne, "world's most locked-down city," to lift stay-at-home orders

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews during a news conference in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Melbourne's stay-at-home orders will end five days earlier than planned, officials in Australia's second-biggest city announced Sunday.

Why it matters: The capital of the state of Victoria has had six lockdowns totaling 262 days since March last year. That means Melbourne spent longer under lockdown than "any other city in the world" during the pandemic, Reuters notes.

Venezuela suspends talks with opposition after Maduro ally extradited to U.S.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, in June. Photo: Gaby Oraa/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A key ally of Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro was extradited from Cape Verde to the U.S. on Saturday to face money laundering charges in Florida, Bloomberg first reported.

Why it matters: Venezuela's government called off negotiations with opposition officials that were scheduled for Sunday in Mexico in response to the extradition of Alex Saab, a Colombian businessman and financial fixer for Maduro. Security forces placed six U.S. oil executives under house arrest hours later, per AP.

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