Houston native. Four-time Olympic gold-medalist. Mental well being advocate.
HOUSTON — Time journal has named Simone Biles on its list of “World’s Most Influential People” for 2021.
Houston has lengthy recognized its had a real gem in native Simone Biles, the most embellished skilled gymnast on the planet.
But this year, it wasn’t her gravity defying routines which have re-shaped the game that captured the world’s consideration. It was the lesson she taught us all about being grounded.
Biles made nationwide headlines when she determined to tug out of all however one Olympic closing occasion in Tokyo to prioritize her psychological and bodily well being, difficult the mindset that “true athletes” push by way of the ache in any respect value. Since then, she has continued to advocate for psychological well being.
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Serena Williams, one other world-champion athlete who has the naked to strain of inhumane expectations and criticism, was invited to jot down an article about Biles for the difficulty.
“She is using her mature voice and platform to share her personal journey of self-love, respect and acceptance—Simone is wise beyond her years,” Williams wrote in Time.
“By living her truth so loudly and by championing mental health, she is setting new standards of beauty, strength and resilience, breaking down today’s image-obsessed stereotypes and encouraging others to do the same.”