Updated: July 29, 2021 06:41 PM
Created: July 29, 2021 02:30 PM
News of Simone Biles stepping back from competition in Tokyo took many by surprise. But other Olympians are offering their support and empathy, including 4-time curling competitor and gold medalist, John Shuster.
"For someone to have that much awareness, and being someone who is the best in the world, that was pretty impressive," he said. "It was a huge team move, besides a personal one."
He recalled feeling the weight of his country on his shoulders during the games. He's been to four of them, bringing the gold home in 2018.
"Being an athlete, competing for your country and your team, even a local team, it's a small part of who you are. I think the world is realizing that. Athletes are humans, and we need to be humans as family and friends," he shared.
A teammate on Team USA that brought home the gold with him is Tyler George. He added, "All of that physical and mental effort can take a toll. And basically when it's your job, and you're not being paid, the pressure to perform is that much greater," he said.
Olympian Kara Goucher, who grew up in Duluth, tweeted her support of Biles.
"I cannot respect @Simone_Biles more. To quote her, "there is more to life than gymnastics." She has shown strength and bravery every step of the way. Yes, her performances are sensational, but by showing us her human side, she will inspire and help so many people."
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