People really need to leave #SimoneBiles alone.

She's saving her own life, and the lives of MANY others in the sport. This is commendable.

The number of people who are whining about her really have no concept of how dangerous gymnastics actually is.

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I think everyone remembers how Kerri Strug vaulted for a second time on a severely injured ankle in the 1996 Atlanta games.

I never forgot it. Why? Because I was fucking **horrified**.

I was a 11yo watching it. I'm Eastern-European by birth and grew up on the Olympics.
Does the name Elena Mukhina ring a bell?
It doesn't? It fucking should.

She won the 1978 gymnastics world championship.
Then she broke her leg. The Soviet Union wanted her in training ASAP for the 1980 Olympics.

She had a *broken fucking leg*. That was not yet healed.
Did the Soviet authorities care? No. Did her coaches care? Of course not. Did the Soviet people give a shit? Not really. Even if they knew she couldn't compete on a broken leg, it was all about sticking it to the Americans on any global stage.

Something trivial, like the *basic health!* of their gymnasts and athletes, wasn't going to get in the way of Russian victories when it comes to Olympic gymnastics.

Gymnastics, figure skating, gold - that was what matters to those people.

Elena Mukhina protested anyway.

It didn't work.

She was forced to train on a still-healing broken leg.

So while training, she under-rotated...
And **landed on her chin**

She broke her neck.
She was a quadriplegic for the rest of her life.

So when Kerri Strug was doing her historic vault on a badly injured leg, *clearly* not wanting to do it but forced/talked into by Bela Karolyi (who, for this alone, should be publicly horsewhipped)...
...all I could think of was that there is no way that she will ever walk normally again after this vault.

Yeah, she landed. Yeah, the US won the gold.

Kerri Strug was in surgery and physical therapy *so she could walk normally again*
So let me tell you something: #SimoneBiles absolutely did the right thing by withdrawing.

Not just because mental health is crucial.
But because she knows her sport, because she is the simple greatest at it, she also knows the likelihood of catastrophic injury.
She could come back in 2024 and win gold again when she's at 100%.

The important part here is that she should be able to come back in one piece.

Simone also watched Kerri Strug. She knows all about Elena Mukhina. She probably had a ton of smaller injuries during training.
*And Simone learned from watching these things**
The lesson she learned is that if you want to win long-term, then you need to know when to walk away.

That is exactly what she did.

Because we know the alternative.

And no gold medal is worth catastrophic injury.


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