- Aug 22, 2008
I don't know how others are feeling right now but I am just really frustrated and have been for a while with Simone and her crew. Don't get me wrong. I support Simone bowing out of team finals if she felt her mental/physical health was at risk. I certainly would not have wanted her to compete and get injured as a result of her not being 100%. I am talking about the larger scope. I feel that she should have bowed out of competition months ago. It is public knowledge that Simone has been injured and has had confidence issues for months leading up to the Olympics. She has had more difficulty with her landings and execution in general. There are interviews with her admitting that she doesn't enjoy training anymore. If this was known/seen publicly, I have no doubt that her coaches, teammates, and family had an even greater perspective on this. Why not bow out gracefully like so many before her? I just keep going back to the fact that coaches/committee would not place a significantly physically injured gymnast on team when others are available. Shouldn't that stand for the mental health aspect as well? She/they took a spot away from another deserving team member, knowing that she wasn't 100% committed to this.