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Simone Biles named TIME magazine's 2021 Athlete of the Year

Biles, a four-time Olympic winner, subsequently confessed that she had "the twisties" — when you lose your sense of space and dimension in the air.

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New Delhi, First Published Dec 14, 2021, 2:42 PM IST
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The United States gymnast Simone Biles has been chosen as the TIME magazine's 2021 Athlete of the Year. Did you know she was praised for prioritising her mental health when the world's most decorated gymnast withdrew from four event finals at the Tokyo Olympics. A four-time Olympic medalist, later admitted to having "the twisties". It is the conditionwhen someone lose their sense of space and dimension in the air. Despite the various issues, the 24-year-old took silver in team all-around and bronze on the balance beam in Tokyo Olympics which were held recently. Biles made an emotional speech during a US Senate hearing probing the sexual abuse scandal involving former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar a month after the Tokyo Olympics.

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Hundreds of athletes, including Biles, have accused the FBI, USA Gymnastics, and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee of failing to stop the abuse. Biles is a gymnastics legend with four talents named after her.  After Biles frequently withdrew out of events due to mental health issues, the magazine decided to nominate the star Olympian gymnast for the award. Meanwhile, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been named Time's Person of the Year.

According to TIME magazine, Biles thought she was "ready to go" before the Olympics. In retrospect, she admitted to carrying a significant weight while training. She was the face of Team USA, and people worldwide were excited to see her gravity-defying powers. She eventually came to think that the Olympics were more about the country than about her accomplishments.

According to the magazine statement, Biles' confidence in expressing her truth and accepting responsibility for her fate encouraged athletes and non-athletes alike to open up about concerns they'd previously kept to themselves.

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