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Rocknation

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13. Biles' fatal error was calling her problem "mental" when even the Olympics called it "medical."
Thu Jul 29, 2021, 11:34 AM
Jul 2021
At the press conference, she said there was a 5 1/2-hour period after the morning workout during which she found herself "shaking" and "could barely nap," which she had "never" felt going into a competition previously (hope she got to eat during that time). Her warmups went "a bit better," but after her vault, she decided "No -- mental is not there."

She also said, "I was trying a two-and-a-half and I ended up doing a one-and-a-half. Just got a little bit lost in the air." Athletes refer to that as "the twisties," a form of vertigo due to your brain and ear canals (which monitor your sense of balance) NOT being accustomed to flipping through the air two and a half times.

That is to say, Biles' "mental" hesitation was due to "physical" symptoms -- a genuine "medical issue." Her timing couldn't have been worse, of course, making it easy for her to be subjected to accusations of being a loser, coward, diva, and disgrace to her race.


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Simone Rules Goonch Jul 2021 #1
I suspect a white gymnast would get more sympathy from the CONservatives & those 3 in 1st para. . nt Bernardo de La Paz Jul 2021 #2
Oh definitely Bucky Jul 2021 #4
They way they think Traildogbob Jul 2021 #3
+1 ancianita Jul 2021 #6
THIS n/t malaise Jul 2021 #8
100% racist bullshit. joshcryer Jul 2021 #12
actually CatWoman Jul 2021 #14
I think that's what that poster was indicating. joshcryer Jul 2021 #18
Thank you. I tried to say it best I could. Bucky Jul 2021 #21
Give her some peace. twodogsbarking Jul 2021 #5
Remember "No mas"? There are times when you've made your point and there's no sense... TreasonousBastard Jul 2021 #7
And at great cost to herself. She was in an impossible position, where whatever Scrivener7 Jul 2021 #9
Great summary! Another important aspect: it's attention to mental health and well being fishwax Jul 2021 #10
Yes Bucky Jul 2021 #11
Biles' fatal error was calling her problem "mental" when even the Olympics called it "medical." Rocknation Jul 2021 #13
This distinction needs to be buried. Claire Oh Nette Jul 2021 #22
I agree and would add Naomi Osaka to that list as well. PunkinPi Jul 2021 #15
I dare say Osaka's mental health issues Rocknation Jul 2021 #17
Well, biracial people face "not being enough" from ignorant folks all the time and... PunkinPi Jul 2021 #19
That little tory boy Piers only sees a minstrel show Dawson Leery Jul 2021 #16
This is just the opposite side of making this a culture war issue mathematic Jul 2021 #20
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