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Simone Biles has given an explanation for her exit from the U.S.’s team final.

In a statement, Biles explained, “After the performance that I did, I didn’t want to go into any of the other events second guessing myself, so I thought it was better if I took a step back and let these girls go out there and do the job and they did just that.”

She added, “I was still struggling with some things. Therapy has helped a lot as well as medicine. That’s all been going really well. Whenever you get in high-stress situations, you kind of freak out and don’t know really know how to handle all of those emotions especially at the Olympic Games.”

Have you ever had to take a break from something for the sake of your mental health? Do you think athletes can have a lot of unnecessary pressure put on them?

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