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Simone Biles said she once cracked a rib while on tour after the 2016 Olympics, and carried on for 3 weeks before she saw a doctor

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 2021-09-03

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Simone Biles.
  • Simone Biles revealed that she broke a rib during a gymnastics tour following the 2016 Olympics.
  • She said in an Instagram story that she heard a "crack" but continued to perform for more than a week.
  • "Y'all feel it's okay to give your unwarranted opinion when you have no idea half the things we go through," she wrote.
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Simone Biles says she broke a rib during the post-Olympics US gymnastics tour in 2016, and continued to perform despite the pain.

Biles revealed the injury in a now-expired Instagram story that was posted earlier this week.

"As soon as I landed the Biles in one of the shows I immediately felt it 'crack,'" Biles wrote. "I couldn't breathe but I continued the rest of the show. I believe we had just under two weeks of tour left."

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Biles.

She said that she immediately flew to New York for a book tour when the gymnastics tour ended, but she still didn't seek medical assitance right away. She only went to a doctor once she got home.

She then used the poop emoji, saying it was moments of pain and resilience like that one from 2016 that "y'all never know about but y'all feel it's okay to give your unwarranted opinion when you have no idea half the things we go through behind closed doors."

Biles, who has been open on Instagram about her injuries since publicizing her struggles at the Tokyo Olympics over the summer, previously spoke about the rib injury in an interview with Daily Mail chief sports feature writer Riath Al-Samarrai in 2019.

"Pain is just something I live with and that is pretty odd for my age, right?" she said at the time. "It feels weird if I'm not in pain."

She's gritted through plenty of other trying situations - both physical and emotional - over the course of her illustrious gymnastics career.

Most recently, Biles endured mental-health struggles and a battle with " the twisties " - a disorienting phenomenon dreaded by gymnasts and divers alike - at the 2020 games. The challenges prompted Biles to pull out of five medal events in Tokyo , shocking the sports world in the process.

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Biles prepares for her routine in the Tokyo Olympics balance beam final.

Even with "the weight of the world on my shoulders," as she described it, and the public scrutinizing her every move, Biles contemplated returning to the gym for one final event. And as she prepared to make it happen, she received the devastating news that her aunt had "unexpectedly passed" while she was halfway across the world in Japan.

Another factor, of course, was everything Biles grappled with before those Olympic Games even began.

In 2018, she revealed she was a survivor of assault at the hands of disgraced Team USA doctor Larry Nassar. She struggled with suicidal thoughts and bouts of depression as a result.

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Biles.

Couple that with a jarring global pandemic that forced her to deal with USA Gymnastics - the organization that failed to protect her and hundreds of others from Nassar's abuse - for an extra year, and it becomes abundantly clear that the superstar's path to the Olympics was mentally taxing beyond measure.

Still, she perservered. Winning a medal of any color was just a bonus .

Now that the games are over, Biles is set to go on another country-wide tour - the "Gold Over America Tour" - alongside current and former USA Gymnastics teammates. The tour begins September 21 in Tuscon, Arizona, and continues in cities across the US until early November.

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Biles.

It remains unclear whether Biles will continue training for Paris 2024 once the tour concludes. Though she's previously said that Tokyo would be her final Olympics , Biles hinted that she's "leaving the door open" to a return given the tumultuous nature of her experience at this summer's games.

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