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Tokyo 2020: Dominique Moceanu shows support for gymnastics ace Simone Biles

Dominique Moceanu was a part of the "Magnificent Seven," the first USA women's gymnastics team to win the Olympic team gold medal in the 1996 Atlanta Games.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: July 29, 2021 11:20:46 am
Dominique Moceanu with Simone Biles back in 2016. (Twitter/Dmoceanu)

After Simone Biles withdrew from the team and individual all-around finals at the Tokyo Olympics citing mental health reasons, former Olympic Games gold-medallist Dominique Moceanu reflected on her own experience in the 1996 Olympics.

The 39-year-old retired gymnast was a part of the “Magnificent Seven”, the first USA women’s gymnastics team to win the Olympic team gold medal.

But before the final, Moceanu suffered a stress fracture in her tibia.

“I was 14 y/o w/ a tibial stress fracture, left alone w/ no cervical spine exam after this fall. I competed in the Olympic floor final minutes later. @Simone_Biles’ decision demonstrates that we have a say in our own health—“a say” I NEVER felt I had as an Olympian,” she tweeted on Wednesday.

“In our sport, we essentially dive into a pool w/ no water,” she continued. “When you lose your ability to find the ground—which appears to be part of @Simone_Biles decision—the consequences can be catastrophic. She made the right decision for the team & herself.”

The six-time Olympic medallist Biles removed herself from the women’s gymnastics team final on July 27, stating that she felt like she has “the weight of the world” on her shoulders at times. She continued to cheer on her teammates from the sides, who later on bagged the silver medal behind the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC).

Later, USA Gymnastics announced that Biles had also withdrawn from the final individual all-around competition to focus on her mental health.

READ | Biles stumbles, spotlight on mental health, Tokyo says, ‘It’s okay’

Several athletes, like Michael Phelps and Aly Raisman, also supported Biles.

The Tokyo Games end on August 8.

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