Simone Bilès withdrawing from the Olympics for her own well-being is completely understandable, that is – if you take into account the pressure around her and what she survived … so put Dominique dawes.
The legendary gymnast – who hit the mat as part of Team USA’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ gold medalist in 1996 – came to ‘TMZ Live’ on Wednesday to talk about Simone’s astonishing decision to drop out of the competition. open competition later. this week … and give up defending its gold.
It may have come as a shock to many, but Dominique tells us that she understood it… and that her heart goes out to Simone for having resisted as long as she did.
Find out what Dominique says Simone has been facing, in terms of expectations, for some time now. As she goes down the list you realize that … SB really had the weight of the world on her shoulders – as she alluded to on IG – especially before the women’s gymnastics events in Tokyo, which had a difficult start for the Americans.
There is another major factor that some may have forgotten and which Dominique believes may have played a role here, namely the fact that Simone is the last Larry nassar still surviving in competition, and all the pressure, direct or indirect, resulting from that alone.
Of course, there’s also the social media aspect that today’s athletes face … something she says she didn’t have to deal with when she was in her prime, but which can get ugly quickly if you focus on online negativity.
Dominique has some advice for that … other Olympians would be well advised to take that into account for these games.