Simone Biles and the US women’s gymnastics team unexpectedly struggled in Sunday’s qualifiers — and the four-time gold medalist is beginning to feel the pressure.
“It wasn’t an easy day or my best but I got through it,” Biles wrote in an Instagram post Monday morning. “I truly do feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders at times. I know I brush it off and make it seem like pressure doesn’t affect me but damn sometimes it’s hard hahaha! The Olympics is no joke!”
The Americans entered the Games as odds-on favorites, touted as perhaps the best gymnastics team in history. Yet by posting a 170.562, the US squad only managed the second-best cumulative score in qualifying, with the team representing the Russian Olympic Committee finishing more than a point ahead at 171.629.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Jared Greenspan