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Simone Biles said Wednesday she was “thankful” to be able to use a “secret” gym to prepare for the balance beam event while she took a mental health break during the Tokyo Olympics.
Biles trained at the Junetendo University gym to keep in shape while she tried to get over the mental hurdles that affected her in the team all-around final and prevented her from competing in a few individual events.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Biles found the facility about an hour outside where the Olympics events were being held. She was reportedly accompanied by her coaches and a medical provider and practiced for two hours a day for about three days.
Biles would finish her Tokyo Olympics run with a bronze medal in the balance beam.
“I’ll forever be thankful for Junetendo,” she tweeted, “for allowing me to come train separately to try to get my skills back. The Japanese are some of, if not the sweetest people I’ve ever met.”
She told NBC’s “TODAY” the bronze medal means a lot to her.
“It means more than all the golds because I’ve pushed through so much the last five years and the last week while I’ve even been here. It was very emotional, and I’m just proud of myself and just all of these girls, as well,” Biles said.
“I didn’t really care about the outcome. I was just happy that I made the routine and that I got to compete one more time.”
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