I have no idea why this is even a point of discussion. If she sprains her ankle or knee and can't go, then everyone would be like, "Oh, damn; that's a shame." But if she pulls out because mentally or emotionally she's having issues, we're all like, "How dare she! She quit on the U.S. She's an example of how soft people are! She dishonors the uniform!"
Me? I'm like, "Oh, damn; that's a shame."
I'm not defending her; I'm not deriding her, and I really don't get why everyone's got their undies in a bunch over either praising her or condemning her. FFS, do we not have enough shit going on that this is what we're going to obsess over this week? You care THAT much about the Olympics, much less female gymnastics? Your life is THAT impacted by something you wouldn't even have known about if it wasn't making the rounds on social media?
And most of all, it's this idea that people who've come up short PLENTY of times in their own lives are pissed that she wilted in this particular big moment, even though she's already succeeded in the limelight more times than they ever have. You want to get your back hairs up, go after the people who are praising the idea of not pushing through as brave and stunning; they're the ones you're really pissed at, not her.
there are a couple saddening things to think about....
there is a different gymnast that didnt get to compete.
biles says her own mental health is in question,
so the world turns the magnification on her and starts using her charicter as the tug of war rope to push other agendas
like a media drawing and quartering.