Stars React to Simone Biles's Olympic Win: "[It] Makes It So Easy to Call Her a Hero"
Congratulations are in order for Simone Biles, as she is now one of the most decorated Americans in the history of Olympic gymnastics. On Aug. 3, after withdrawing for mental health reasons from the team final, the all-around final, and the three other events she qualified for, Simone took home the bronze medal during the balance beam final. "It means more than all of the golds because I pushed through so much the last five years and the last week while I've even been here," the 24-year-old gymnast said on Today. Throughout her 2021 Olympic journey, Simone battled the "twisties," which is a mental block that can potentially lead to injury.
"I wasn't expecting to walk away with the medal. I was just going out there doing this for me," Simone told The New York Times after the competition. "To have one more opportunity to be at the Olympics meant the world to me." NBC also shared a special message from Taylor Swift to Simone, applauding her on her comeback. "She's perfectly human. And that's what makes it so easy to call her a hero," the singer says in the clip. Ahead, see how Taylor, Jonathan Van Ness, Ava DuVernay, Adam Rippon, and others are congratulating the Olympian on her recent win.