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Tokyo 2020: Simone Biles' withdrawal is a sign of resilience and strength

By Jonathan Rhodes, Lecturer in the School of Psychology, University of Plymouth
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We all have a choice to safeguard our mental health and that sometimes means saying no. That is the decision American gymnast Simone Biles made when she withdrew from the vault at the Tokyo Olympic Games after receiving her lowest tournament score. Speaking to the press later she said:

After the performance I did, I just didn’t want to go on. I have to focus on my mental health.

Her withdrawal has divided…


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