Tokyo-When you spend most of the decade redefining the possibilities in your sport, the standard will change. Good is no longer good enough. Sometimes, greatness is not.
I received a crash course on it in Rio de Janeiro five years ago.
The American gymnastics star has won three gold medals at the 2016 Olympics, when she
it has started she
Liang’s routine in the finals.halfway she
Set, the 19-year-old at the time lost she
Balance, this often happens when trying to perform world-class skills on a piece of wood that is narrower than a regular iPhone. she
Reached out to stabilize himself, and kept a bronze medal in the process.
Was smoked. No one else.
“People are really frustrated,” bile
Tell the Associated Press in May. “I thought,’Guys, this is still a national medal, and my own medal.’ If others are going to win the bronze medal, they will cheer, but it’s not the case. Simone
So they are very angry. “
Fast forward to the team final in Tokyo on Tuesday night and be the “devil” bile
Years of hard work proved to be too much.When is it scared she
Can’t feel comfortable in the vault and bear nothing she
Described as the “weight of the world”, the 24-year-old instead let himself out of the competition.
“I don’t want to go out and do stupid things, be injured and negligent,” she
After speaking, the Americans took the silver. “So, I know myself I must take a step back.”
Things that have become more and more difficult since then she
Return to the sport in the fall of 2017.
When making promises to yourself she
came back she
Will do she
I spent most of my time in Tokyo trying desperately to stick to this vision. she
Despite fighting kidney stones, he won the world championship in 2018 she
A year later, he won five medals in Germany and became the most beautifully decorated gymnast ever.
Last August, everything in Japan was ready. Then the coronavirus pandemic struck, postponing the Olympics for a full 12 months. Everything must be recalibrated.
Fight depression and let yourself persevere. There is a brand to be established. Sponsors please. Fans come to praise. Critics-both internal and external-remain silent. Like Olympic superstars Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt, the 24-year-old became a prisoner of his excellence.
To be fair, in some ways, she helped build the wall. She accepted-most of the time in the blink of an eye-her status as the greatest ever.
Competing with a jewel-studded goat that you nicknamed “Goldie” in a catsuit requires a special kind of ostentation. In the past two years, a documentary series documented her path. The acronym for the US Gold Medal Tournament after the Olympics she led this fall is no coincidence.
One room overlooks the large gym run by her family in the northern suburbs of Houston, which turned into a TV studio in the spring. The outlets asking for her time came and went, asking her the same questions over and over again. She accommodated as many people as possible. This is part of the whole process.
However, internally, the situation is changing. Her performance in the spring competition… well, at least by her standards. Yes, she drilled her Yurchenko double fusiform vault at the unveiling in May. On the same night, she also fell off the uneven bars. In the US Olympic trials in June, she actually fell behind Olympic teammate Sunisa Lee on the last day of the competition, for the first time in eight years.
The situation in Tokyo has not improved. bile
She was ranked high in qualifying as usual, but the unusually messy neighborhoods on her Cheng treasury made her almost sideways away from the table. After rolling the pass on the floor, she jumped off the playing mat all the way. The momentum on her lower beam was too great, and she took three steps backwards.
What’s wrong. The doubts that appeared from time to time in her career reappeared. She did not reject them, but accepted their existence. When she entered the team final on Tuesday, they lingered. Her warm-up was not good. Her vault was worse because the 2½ twist of her Amanar plan became 1½.
This is not the first time she feels this way. She is the new senior elite of the 2013 American Classic. Things are going badly. She failed in each of the first three events. Then coach Aimee Boorman asked the 16-year-old girl to withdraw from the game to protect her from her own harm.
Asked on Tuesday night if there is any resemblance to that long night in Chicago, bile
“I was stupid and stupid (at the time),” she
Say. “I was pulled out. I want to go out and participate in the game.”
She is no longer “stupid and stupid”. When she sat in a stunned Ariake gymnastics center with no fans with Marcia Faustin, the American team doctor, waiting to score, she realized that she could no longer hold on as before. The mental and physical risks are too great. For her team. And for herself.
It is a dangerous thing for a gymnast who does not know where he is going to fly in the air. bile
Bend gravity to she
It will be so easy for so long, people forget that there is no such thing as an autopilot.
no. So she stopped. over there. That’s right. Who knows if this is the last time she appeared in a competition tights. She withdrew from the all-around final on Thursday. The final of next week’s event is a mystery.
This is a decision she is ready to accept. On Tuesday, she stood next to her teammate with a silver medal hanging around her neck, and she finally realized that whether others could do it was their problem, not hers.
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