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NFL Player Is Sidelined to Focus on Mental Health

Calvin Ridley of the Atlanta Falcons is stepping away from the game

(Newser) - Atlanta Falcons receiver Calvin Ridley says he's stepping away from football, at least temporarily, to focus on his mental health. Ridley was a last-minute scratch from Sunday's game against Carolina, the second game he's missed this season for what the team would only describe as a personal...

Simone Biles Embarks on 'Career Pivot'

Gymnast partners with mental health company

(Newser) - "I'm still scared to do gymnastics." Simone Biles says the anxiety that forced her to withdraw from competition at the Olympics has not retreated. On the Today show Thursday, the gymnast said she's OK doing floor exercises, but she still can't manage to do anything...

Simone Biles: I Should Have Quit Before Olympics

Gymnast talks to 'The Cut'

(Newser) - In an extensive profile at The Cut , Simone Biles says she should not have competed in the Tokyo Olympics—but that she refused to let abusive team doctor Larry Nassar have that impact on her. "If you looked at everything I’ve gone through for the past seven years,...

FBI Agent Tried to Tell Me Nassar Abuse 'Wasn't That Bad'

Larry Nassar victims speak to Senate Judiciary Committee about botched investigation

(Newser) - Simone Biles says those involved in the botched FBI investigation of her abuser, former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, need to be "federally prosecuted to the fullest extent." Her Wednesday statement in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee came a day after the Washington Post reported that the...

After Days in the Stands, Biles Makes the 'Impossible Possible'

Gymnast wins a bronze medal, after she'd earlier pulled out of team competition, 4 individual events

(Newser) - It's been a difficult week for Simone Biles, who pulled out of multiple events at the Summer Olympics to deal with mental health issues after a bout with the "twisties." But the determined gymnast made it back onto the competition floor Tuesday in Tokyo, walking away with...

Looks Like Biles Will Make One More Olympics Showing

Gymnast set to appear in balance beam finals on Tuesday, though she could still withdraw

(Newser) - A week after we last saw her compete, Simone Biles will return to the Olympic stage. After pulling out of team competition finals and four individual events— all-around , floor, uneven bars, and vault —to take care of her mental health, saying she was struggling with the "twisties,"...

Simone Biles' Important Message: 'Text MyKayla'

American MyKayla Skinner didn't fly home from Tokyo as a result, and she just won a silver

(Newser) - Simone Biles has opted to skip another event, the floor exercise, because of her continuing mental block . The American gymnast now has only one more event in which she might compete, the balance beam, and USA Gymnastics has not said whether she will take part in that competition on Tuesday....

Biles Pulls Out of 2 More Finals in Tokyo

No vault or uneven bars for gymnast as she focuses on her mental health

(Newser) - Simone Biles is opting not to defend her Olympic vault title, pulling out of Sunday's event finals for both vault and uneven bars while she focuses on her mental health. The 24-year-old six-time Olympic medalist removed herself from competition during the team finals on Tuesday and sat out Thursday'...

Simone Biles: 'Twisties' Have Never Hit Me Like This Before

She says it's the worst case she's ever had

(Newser) - Simone Biles says she's still dealing with a very bad case of the "twisties"—a disconnect between body and brain known as a "gymnast's worst nightmare" —and it's not clear whether she will compete again in Tokyo. In a series of now-deleted Instagram...

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How Simone Biles Feels Now

Star gymnast says outpouring of support shows she's 'more than my accomplishments'

(Newser) - Simone Biles acknowledged an "outpouring" of love and support Wednesday following her unexpected exit from events at the Tokyo Olympics. Meanwhile, Texas Deputy Attorney General Aaron Reitz is backtracking on his harsh criticism of the 24-year-old gymnast.
  • In a since-deleted tweet, Reitz shared video of Kerri Strug performing at
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Biles Experienced a Gymnast's 'Worst Nightmare’

Gymnasts speak out on the dangers of the 'twisties'

(Newser) - In describing the shaky landing of her Tuesday vault routine at the Tokyo Olympics—after which Simone Biles withdrew from the team and all-around individual competitions —the world's most decorated gymnast said she'd had "a little bit of the twisties." Considering she was attempting to...

Simone Biles Drops Out of All-Around

No decision yet on individual events

(Newser) - The day after Simone Biles removed herself from the Team USA gymnastics final , USA Gymnastics announced she is also exiting Thursday's all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympics. Jade Carey will take the 24-year-old's place, the AP reports. "After further medical evaluation, Simone Biles has withdrawn from the...

US Olympic CEO: 'Simone, You've Made Us So Proud'

Gymnast widely praised for putting her wellbeing first

(Newser) - After her stunning withdrawal from the women's team gymnastics final in Tokyo Tuesday, Simone Biles is being widely praised for making a tough decision under immense pressure. Biles, the most decorated gymnast in the world, said she was mentally unprepared to continue after a shaky performance on the vault....

Simone Biles: It Wasn't a Physical Injury

'I have to focus on my mental health,' says gymnast after exit from team competition

(Newser) - Simone Biles is shedding some light on the Olympic stunner that saw her exit from team competition on Tuesday. While USA Gymnastics cited a "medical issue," Biles herself clarified that it wasn't a physical injury, reports the Washington Post . "I just felt like it would be...

US Falls to Russia After Simone Biles Pulls Out of Finals

She left competition 'due to a medical issue'

(Newser) - The US Women's gymnastics team settled for silver on Tuesday after having to compete without golden girl Simone Biles, who USA Gymnastics confirmed had to exit the competition "due to a medical issue." It continued, "She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future...

Simone Biles' Brother Acquitted, Victim's Mom Lunges for Him

'You killed my baby,' she screamed at Tevin Biles-Thomas

(Newser) - "You killed my baby," a woman screamed as she ran toward Tevin Biles-Thomas in a makeshift courtroom in a Cleveland convention center complex Tuesday, moments after the 26-year-old was acquitted of a triple murder on New Year's Eve 2018. "You have to be f------ kidding me,...

Simone Biles Lands a First in Her Return

Gymnast performs Yurchenko double pike in winning US Classic

(Newser) - Simone Biles hadn't performed competitively since 2019, so no one knew how she'd do Saturday at the US Classic. She did well. Biles posted the highest scores on the vault, beam and floor, the Washington Post reports, in winning the all-around title. But Biles broke ground along the...

After Closing a Bad Chapter, Biles Is Ready to Compete

After the abuses under USA Gymnastics, athlete says this time, 'It's for me'

(Newser) - Simone Biles has committed to performing in the summer Olympics this year. She's up at 6am for six hours of training, six days a week, for the Games scheduled for July in Tokyo . And she's committed to being even better, though she already has more Olympic and World...

Facebook Has Something for the Class of 2020

A commencement address from Oprah Winfrey on May 15

(Newser) - This year, a commencement speaker will address all high school and college graduates across the country, and that speaker is Oprah Winfrey. Facebook has recruited the 66-year-old talk show host to give a virtual commencement address to be streamed on the social network at 2pm EST on May 15, reports...

Simone Biles Has Words for USAG's Birthday Wishes

'how about you amaze me and do the right thing... have an independent investigation'

(Newser) - Simone Biles turned 23 on Saturday, and CNN reports that USA Gymnastics took the occasion to tweet a "HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the most decorated gymnast of all time, @simonebiles! We know you will only continue to amaze us and make history!" Aforementioned most decorated gymnast wasn't having...

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