Simone Biles says she is 'still scared to do gymnastics' after getting the 'twisties' - a disorienting condition - during the 2020 Olympics

Simone Biles says she is 'still scared to do gymnastics' after getting the 'twisties' - a disorienting condition - during the 2020 Olympics
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Simone Biles of Team United States competes in the Women's Balance Beam Final on day eleven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on August 03, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.
Simone Biles of Team United States competes in the Women's Balance Beam Final on day eleven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on August 03, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Jamie Squire/Getty Images
  • Simone Biles says she's "scared to do gymnastics" after getting the "twisties" at the Olympics.

  • She says she doesn't do twists during performances in her "Gold Over America" tour.

  • "I watch the other girls do it and it's not the same," she said of seeing other gymnasts to twists.

Simone Biles says she's "still scared to do gymnastics" after getting the "twisties" - a condition that causes athletes to get disoriented in the air - during the Tokyo Olympics earlier this year.

She made the comment while speaking to Hoda Kotb on the "Today" show Thursday morning, saying she hasn't done moves with twists in them while performing on her post-Olympics "Gold Over America" tour.

Biles said that while performing now, she does double layout half-outs to land moves instead of moves that involve twists.

"Everything else weighs so heavy and I watch the other girls do it and it's not the same," she said of watching other gymnasts to twists." To do something I've done forever and just not be able to do it because of everything I've gone through is really crazy. I love this sport so much, but it's hard."

Biles pulled out of five medal events over "the twisties," saying she had to focus on her mental health. Ultimately, she went home with two medals after the games.

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