“I didn’t think I would ever be here,” newly crowned Olympic Champion Sunisa Lee shared in the moments after her golden performance in Tokyo. “There was one point that I wanted to quit. So, to even say that I am an Olympic Gold medalist, and just be here, is just so crazy.”
Expectations. The fear of letting people down sometimes is so much stronger than the practical understanding that there is physical risk. Today, Simone Biles changed that conversation. “I just… after the performance that I did [on vault], I didn’t want to go into any other events second-guessing myself.”
“Being smarter and really listening to the athletes more,” stated Ellie Black. “It’s not just one cycle. One Olympics. One competition. We’re going to try to look at the longevity of it. Take care of our bodies and see what we can achieve over the course of many years rather than just one go.”
In the end, Artur Dalaloyan survived today. Monday will be an equal show of skill, guts and just luck. Trust in one’s body and willpower. A true example of how the dedication and persistence that makes him one of the best athletes in the world also gave him the edge in rehab.