Breaking - Are you covering Simone Biles' withdrawal from the Olympics? Our experts can help with your stories

Breaking - Are you covering Simone Biles' withdrawal from the Olympics? Our experts can help with your stories Breaking - Are you covering Simone Biles' withdrawal from the Olympics? Our experts can help with your stories

July 27, 20211 min read
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It's breaking news that has taken the sports and gymnastics world by storm - Simone Biles who won four golds and one bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Games and is considered the greatest gymnast of all time removed herself from competition Tuesday.


After a vault that saw her go flying forward on what’s normally her strongest apparatus, the top gymnast in the world appeared on the sidelines in her warmup gear. The initial reporting from Tokyo cited USA Gymnastics as saying she’d withdrawn due to a “medical issue.”

Later, after the Americans had taken home the silver medal, Biles clarified that it wasn’t a physical injury that had made her withdraw — it was her mental state. "Physically, I feel good. I'm in shape," Biles said on NBC's "TODAY" show. "Emotionally, it varies on the time and moment. Coming to the Olympics and being head star isn't an easy feat." July 25 - MSNBC



There are a lot of questions about the mental health and the toll stress can take on athletes being asked - and if you are a reporter covering this breaking news event, our experts are here to help.


Dan Gould is director of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports and a professor of kinesiology. His research interests include the stress-athletic performance relationship and the psychological foundations of coaching. Dan is available to speak with media regardig this topic - simply click on his icon now to arrange an interview today.



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    Dan Gould Gwendolyn Norrell Professor, Department of Kinesiology

    Dan Gould's research interests include the stress-athletic performance relationship and the psychological foundations of coaching.

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