WLWT: Mental health issues prompt Simone Biles to drop out of Olympic team finals

The sports world was stunned this week by the news that United States gymnast Simone Biles was dropping out of the team competition at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, citing mental health issues.

She withdrew from the team competition after making a mental mistake during her vault.

In a story produced by WLWT, Barbara Walker, PhD, of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the UC College of Medicine said she was not all that surprised by Biles pulling out of the group competition due to mental health concerns.

“I think everybody has their own little breaking point,” Walker said. “Watching her over the years, I think that she had a lot of pressure on her when we think about, first of all, that the Olympics were postponed for a year.”

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