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O'Reilly: Biles scores gold for struggling youths

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28.07.2021

She quit.

She upped and walked away. And at the Olympics no less.

No one expected it. Not even Simone Biles, evidently. But there in Tokyo, America’s greatest female gymnast, arguably of all time, did the unthinkable: she chose to take care of herself over striving for U.S. gold, as tens of millions around the globe watched.

The audacity of it.

To many, Biles’ action is unthinkable. What happened to stick-to-it-iveness, to determination and grit, they will ask, as though the 24-year-old world champion hasn’t constantly demonstrated those qualities throughout her career. How could she be so selfish?

Others are saying, "Brava, madame; you made the courageous choice under unimaginable pressure." In doing so, I’d add, Biles has done far more for younger generations that any gold medal could have delivered. She’s shown them it’s OK to breathe when one........

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