“Quit.” Simone Biles defends herself from criticism (and announces a tour)

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Simone Biles announced this Thursday the Gold Over America tour, which brings together several Olympic champions. A few days earlier, the athlete defended herself from criticism for withdrawn from the team competition of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

“Keep talking because I can’t hear you through my seven Olympic medals.” That’s how Simone Biles defended herself this week from those who consider her a “dropout”.

In a publication she shared on Instagram, the Olympic athlete recalled the Tokyo Olympic Games, which “did not go as planned”, but for which nothing changed.

“I’m proud of myself and the career I’ve had so far. These [Jogos] Olympics do not erase my past achievements, nor do they define who I am as an athlete,” wrote Biles.

The word quitter is not in my vocabulary. For some of you, it may be the way you define me, but keep talking because I can’t hear you through my seven Olympic medals, which made me the most decorated gymnast ever,” he continued, referring to criticism from who was targeted for having decided to withdraw from the competition for mental health reasons.

Gold Over America, the tour of Olympic champions

This Thursday, Simone Biles used the same platform to announce her new Gold Over America tour: a show that Biles stars and that brings together gymnasts — women — from all over the world.

“I love gymnastics and wanted to help create a show that celebrates the pure joy of actingSimon Biles

“There is gold inside all of us and it’s time to let that gold shine”, he continued, alluding to the name of the tour, which in Portuguese means “Gold over America”.

Between September and November, Gold Over America will visit 35 North American cities to show not only “the athletic brilliance” but also “the inspiring journey of each athlete”, reads the official website of the show.

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