Leslie Harris filling in for Mitch Michaels, and last week Mitch wrote a lovely blog about Simone Biles and how she an American we can all be proud of. I hope that’s still true today.
Personally, I’m even more proud of her for taking her mental health break. First of all, she realized that she had put herself in great danger by checking out in the middle of that spin. Had she landed wrong there could have been dire consequences. Second, she was thinking of her team. What if they lost out on a medal because she wasn’t there mentally? Some people have been very critical of her for pulling out of this particular event.
We’ve hidden mental illness for far too long, and it has cost us countless lives, including one of my close family members.
Personally, I couldn’t be more proud to have Simone Biles represent the USA at the Olympics.