Simone Biles has tweeted thanks to a Japanese gym for allowing her to train privately while she tried to earn her gold medal after withdrawing during the women’s artistic gymnastics team finals at the Summer Olympics.
In a Wednesday tweet thanking those at Juntendo University, Biles retweeted a story first published in the Wall Street Journal. The report said that Biles and her team asked the facility if she could use the gym in an attempt to address her struggle. “Twister,” A mental block in gymnastics where competitors lose their position midway.
The Wall Street Journal reported that university professor Kazuhiro Aoki received a phone call after Biles dropped himself from the team finals, asking the school’s gym to be used for “gymnasts”.
Reportedly, over a period of four days, Biles practiced for hours behind closed doors and worked on moves that she had previously performed with precision.
Last week: Biles posted a series of videos to her Instagram account that showed the four-time Olympic gold medalist struggling to find her form and crashing into the landing pad while practicing on the uneven bars.
Biles said Wednesday that he “will be forever grateful” to Juntendo for “allowing me to train separately to try to get my skills back.”
The Japanese, she wrote in her tweet, “are some of the cutest people I’ve ever met.”
After not competing in four individual finals at the Tokyo Olympics as originally planned – all-around individual competition, vaulting, uneven bars and floors – Biles returned on Tuesday Bronze medal claim Women’s balance beam final. It was her second medal at these Summer Games and her seventh Olympic medal overall.