This Olympics, Women Are Taking Ownership Of Their Bodies And Minds

Before they even get near a podium, women are taking a stand at the Tokyo Olympics, putting their minds and bodies before any medal.

The world’s most revered gymnast, Simone Biles, last week withdrew from her scheduled events to focus on her mental health.

“It’s been a long week, a long Olympic process, a long year. We are just a little bit too stressed out. We should be out here having fun,” the 24-year-old athlete said. “It hurts my heart that doing what I love has been taken away from me to please other people.”

And it hasn’t stopped Biles winning yet another medal on her beloved balance beam this week, equalling the highest medal tally of any US gymnast in history.

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