Aussie Olympic Champion Jess Fox says she understands the pressure Simone Biles felt before pulling out
Aussie Olympic Champion Jess Fox says she can understand the pressure Simone Biles is feeling after missing gold two Games in a row
- New Olympic champion Jess Fox says she sympathizes with Simone Biles
- Fox said she felt her own pressure after falling short in her first event
- Fox said she had to throw up for the first time because of nerves before she went to the gold medal
- Simone Biles said the Olympics process was stressful after leaving the games
Australia’s new Olympic champion Jessica Fox says she can understand the pressure Simone Biles is feeling as the gold medal favourite.
Jessica Fox says she can empathize with American gymnastics great Simone Biles about the pressure she felt before pulling out of the all-around Olympic final in Tokyo.
With 10 world titles and four Olympic medals, including an emotional gold in Thursday’s C1 to her name, the Australian Fox is regarded as the greatest female canoe slalom rider of all time.
Recently crowned Australian Olympic gold medalist Jess Fox says she sympathizes with American gymnastics great Simone Biles for the pressure felt during the competitions
And Biles is the same in her field, even with an embroidered goat on her competition tights, which stands for Greatest Of All Time.
But the 24-year-old American made a shocking exit from the team event before retiring from the all-around, citing mental health concerns.
Biles said it had been a “long Olympic process, a long year.” We’re just a little too stressed. We should have fun here.”
American gymnast Simone Biles said it had been a “long Olympic process, a long year” after the 24-year-old American made a shocking exit from the team’s event before retiring from the all-around
While Biles received an outpouring of support, she did receive some criticism on social media for not putting her team and country first.
Fox talked about her own push to get to the Olympics, where she was a raging favorite to win gold in both K1 and the new C1 — and the heartbreak at falling short in her first event.
Her preparation was also impacted by the flooding damaged the log flume in Sydney, while she was unable to compete abroad for more than a year due to COVID-19.
With the stress taking its toll, she said she threw up for her gold medal run due to nerves, something she’d never done before.
With gymnastics always in the Olympic spotlight and Biles the face of the US team, Fox felt for the gymnast superstar.
“I can’t imagine what Simone is going through,” Fox told AAP.
“It’s really hard to do this and I haven’t really watched the news and been on social media as much as I normally would.
Jess Fox said stress took its toll as she threw up for her gold medal run due to nerves, something she’d never done before
“I definitely felt that burden and that pressure and there was a lot of relief at the finish.
“It was very taxing. I’ve had to do a lot of mental work in the past 48 hours.
“It just goes to show that I’ve put in the work over the past five years to get to this point, so I’m just really proud of that.”