Biles Hints At Retirement U-turn, Eyes 2024 Olympics
Muhammad Rameez 6 days ago Thu 08th April 2021 | 08:20 AM
Los Angeles, April 8 (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 8th Apr, 2021 ) :US gymnastics superstar Simone Biles said Wednesday she may reconsider her decision to retire after this year's Tokyo Olympics, hinting she could yet compete at the 2024 Paris Games as a specialist.
"Right now my main focus is Tokyo," Biles said. "After that I have a tour that we've put together around the US. I'm really excited to do that.
"Afterwards, I'm not so sure. Cecile and Laurent are from Paris, so they've kind of guilted me into coming back as a specialist. But the main goal is the Olympics first, then the tour, and then we'll have to see." The 24-year-old had initially vowed to retire after Tokyo, telling the BBC in a 2019 interview that her body would not be able to stand the punishment of another Olympic cycle.
"I feel like my body's gone through a lot and it's kind of just falling apart - not that you can actually tell but I really feel it a lot of the time." On Wednesday Biles said while the postponement of the Olympics last year had been a disappointment, she was determined not to let years of preparation go to waste.
"The main thing was trying to stay healthy another year, trying to have your mental game up for another year," she said.
"It's another year on the body, it's just a lot to think about. But then at the end of the day we've worked so hard, we're going to keep striving for this goal. Once it was postponed it was, like, I've gone too far to give up now.
"It's been my goal for a while and I wasn't ready to hang that up just because of quarantine and the postponement."