Simone Biles hitting the pause button on the Olympics and coming back when she was good and ready is getting nothing but praise from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez … who says it sets a new standard for professional athletes.
AOC broke down what Simone’s past week means big picture-wise, when we got her on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning. She said a precedent seems to have been set by Simone — namely, that athletes don’t have to put competing first no matter what.
Instead, she says their own well-being is just as important, if not more so … and ought to be treated that way.
That certainly appears to be the case, as the proof is in the pudding with SB — who came back and competed Monday in the balance beam final … and medaled with a Bronze. To the congresswoman, that simply makes the case even stronger — that stepping aside was exactly what Simone needed, and it worked out for everyone, including Team USA, in the end.
AOC tells us this is a huge step for mental health advocacy, noting Simone has trailblazed yet again … only in a different and perhaps more meaningful way this time around.
It’ll be interesting to see if other pros follow in Simone’s footsteps, and if they do … Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is all for it — because she thinks performance doesn’t come before one’s self.
As for Simone … she made it clear that this Bronze is incredibly meaningful, saying it might be her most proud achievement.