Due to a body worn out from years of hard training, Simone Biles said she would retire after the Tokyo Olympics. Biles, winner of four gold medals in Rio 2016, will be one of the protagonists in Tokyo 2021. She does not compete from the 2019 World Cup, where she won five gold medals and became the most successful athlete of all time in the world championship of artistic gymnastics.
The US champion, in a last interview, said: "My coaches Cecile and Laurent come from Paris and they told me to rethink or become a specialist. Let's see, for now the main goal is 2021, then we'll see. Yurchenko double pike in the vault? I will make it debut in the competition before the Olympics, because I need to run it and control my adrenaline, then perfect it for the Games.
Social protests? On social media I fight for the weakest." About the well-known events of other athletes harassed by doctor Larry Nassar, she said: "My daughter? Never in the US gymnastics team. I would not feel safe, they did not take their responsibility for their actions and for what happened and above all not they were able to ensure that this never happens again.
Who knew? When did they know? Too many athletes have been victims and most of them minors. We do our part, we bring medals. They should do theirs and protect us."
Dina Asher-Smith is ready for Tokyo 2021
Dina Asher-Smith, British world champion of 200 meters and European champion of 100, 200 and 4x100, wants to be the protagonist of the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.
With an anti-racism speech on The Telegraph, you won the award for the best column of the year by AIPS. During an interview she said: "In spite of everything, I'm working at my best: at the end of January I did four indoor races out of 60 with better results than expected and then, from there, I started targeting the most important appointment of the season.
I think I'm on the right track and, after all, my problems are everyone's problems. Where do they train me? In Bromley, south London, a quiet residential area. Not far from Orpington, where I was born and raised. It's difficult.
to make predictions, given the situation. I hope to be able to follow a calendar as normal as possible. But in the meantime 2020 was important, because it allowed me to recover many tight seasons and to concentrate on aspects, physical and technical, which do not always But, as I did in January in Germany, with all the necessary precautions, it's time to go back to racing.
How much has life changed with the pandemic? A lot, but also in this case, how much everyone's. friends is diff icile, going to restaurants and engaging in social activities is almost impossible. After all, we know: going out as little as possible is essential.
But, unlike others, I was lucky enough to be able to train continuously. The Olympics will take place and it is a blessing: we must be grateful. The rest must be adapted. In 2018 I won three European golds, but they did not affect my 2019.
In 2019 I won the world gold of the 200 and the silver of the 100 and 4x100, but they will not give me advantages for 2021. Each season is a blank sheet. And then there are so many valuable sprinters in the world. Five years have passed, deeply.
I also changed as a woman and the experience gained in Brazil, where a dream became reality, made me grow. The eight-year-old Dina would be proud of the Rio Dina and the current one."