Simone Biles reflected on how the past abuse she suffered at the hands of Larry Nassar could’ve played a part in her mental health issues at the Tokyo Olympics.

“Now that I think about it, maybe in the back of my head, probably yes [that did affect me],” Biles, 24, told Today’s Hoda Kotb on Wednesday, August 4. “There are certain triggers that you don’t even know. And I think it could have [affected me]. I’m not exactly sure, it was just the craziest week.”

In 2016, the athlete won four gold medals and one bronze at the Rio Games. Her performance at the 2021 games, however, were a different story as Biles withdrew from all but one individual event amid mental health struggles after experiencing the “twisties” during her team vault appearance.

Although she won a silver medal as a part of Team USA, Biles pulled out of the all-around competition, uneven bars, floor exercise and individual vault before earning a bronze in the balance beam event on Tuesday, August 3.

According to the Ohio native, there were a lot of outside pressures going into these games, one of which was the responsibility she felt to make sure Nassar’s abuse toward her and her fellow gymnasts wasn’t forgotten.

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