Earlier this week, Biles pulled out of Thursday’s all-around at the Olympics to focus on her mental health. The decision came after Biles also retired from the team final after a rotation in vault.
Biles posted a video of herself during uneven bars practice Friday morning in which she tries a 1½ twist and falls flat on her back.
“I don’t think you realize how dangerous it is on a hard / competitive court,” she commented with the video.
Biles had a disastrous jump in Tuesday’s women’s team final. She seemed to get lost in the air – a phenomenon called “twisties,” which can cause serious injury to gymnasts performing aerial routines. It usually takes some time for gymnasts to overcome twists and turns.
This didn’t happen until she left the United States, Biles said, adding that “it started randomly after the preliminary competition the next morning.”
Biles also answered several questions from fans, revealing that she was still struggling with the twisties on Friday morning, adding, “Sometimes I can’t even imagine the twist. I really can’t figure out how to twist. The strangest and the strangest thing and the feeling. “
Biles said she has experienced this phenomenon in the past, but it usually only shows up on the floor and on the jump and lasts for two weeks or more. “It’s never transferred to bars and beam for me, but this time it’s literally on every event. What sucks. Really bad, ”she added.
When asked what it feels like to twist, Biles said, “I literally can’t see the top from the bottom. It’s the craziest feeling of all time. Not having an inch of control over your body. What’s even scarier is that I have no idea where I am in the air I also have NO idea how I’m going to land, or what I’m going to land on Head / hands / feet / back.
“I also don’t know how I landed on this chest because if you look at the photos and my eyes you can see how confused I am as to where I am in the air. Luckily I landed pretty safe but I don’t think some of you realize I was supposed to do a 2½ and only completed 1½ laps before it looked like I was shot in the air. “
In a final Instagram post, she reiterated that she didn’t give up because of a poor performance. “I had a lot of bad performances throughout my career and I finished competing. I simply lost my security and a team medal. “
On Thursday, Biles, along with her American teammates, cheered on Suni Lee, who won gold in the all-around event.