I have to share this thoughtful post from Brendan. While I didn’t watch much of the Olympics this year, Simone Biles of course was all over the news. The attacks on her for making a difficult decision not only in her best interest, but that of her teammates as well, was utterly vile!
Content warnings: Sexual abuse, suicide
One of the major stories of the recently concluded Summer Olympics was how decorated American gymnast Simone Biles was ultimately not involved in several of the events that she qualified for as a result of her struggles with mental health. Reaction to this seemed a bit split: many praised her for prioritizing her mental health, while some critics thought of her as a quitter.
Just to clarify, I fall into the former category, not the latter. I think Simone Biles did the right thing in prioritizing her mental health, even if it meant missing some major events this Olympics. To do otherwise would’ve been a danger to her mental and her physical health, which is more important than any Olympic medal.
Yet, at the same time, it seems like there’s often been…
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