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Young gymnasts react to Simon Biles withdrawing from Olympics

Erin WileyArticles

The sport is growing in popularity, and so is the pressure mounting on young athletes across the county.

By McKenzie Kuehnlein
Published: Jul. 28, 2021 at 6:09 PM

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – Young gymnasts are sharing their reaction after Simon Biles, the most decorated gymnast in history, opted to pull out of the team and individual all-around finals at the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“I think it’s important for any athlete, high-performance individual, including arts, academically, in medicine, have someone who is a safe sounding board who can give you a lot of room to explore your feelings and potential choices you might want to make,” said Wiley. “Having that open door to explore those things will help you be a more balanced individual.”

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