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Simone Biles took to social media to express that that she is feeling “pressure” following a shaky start at the Tokyo Olympics.
The Olympic gymnast took to Instagram to address ger performance — which still killed by most people’s standards.
Biles finished first in vault and in the all-around, but second in floor, third in the balance beam and eighth in the uneven bars.
“It wasn’t an easy day or my best but I got through it,” Biles wrote. “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! BUT I’m happy my family was able to be with me virtually…they mean the world to me!”
The Olympian had a tough start in qualifiers. Team USA finished second, behind the Russian Olympic Committee.
If Biles wins the five gold medals she is projected to at the event, she would not only hold the record of the most for a U.S. woman — she would also tie her with Larisa Latynina for the most golds by any female athlete.
During an interview with Sports Illustrated, she spoke about the pressures of performing in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.
“Everybody had such high expectations for me that at the end of the day, I feel like it didn’t matter what I did, as long as I satisfied everybody around me,” Biles said of her receiving a bronze medal. “I was so happy that I even medaled because of the mistake that I had. But I felt so ashamed because people were pissed off that I ruined their [headline] of five gold medals.”
Aside from her bronze medal, Biles also took home four gold medals.