What Are ‘Twisties’? Simone Biles Pulls Out Of Olympic Final Citing Mental Health Challenges

US gymnast Simone Biles

US gymnast Simone Biles pulled out of the Olympics saying that she was having twisties during the match and shared her mental health challenges.

But, apart from sports fraternity and gymnasts, this is a foreign term.  So what are twisties?

Gymnasts described the “twisties” as a kind of mental block that may cost you a game or can make a gymnast lose their sense while they are in the air which makes them lose control over their body resulting in either extra flips or twists. Losing control over the body all of a sudden results in unsafe landings. This can happen even if you have years of practice without any obstacles. 

There have been many gymnasts in the past who faced mental blocks. During the Rio Olympics in 2016, British gymnast Claudia Fragapane fell on uneven bars in the qualification round and then in April she suffered from a head injury and missed the individual cut for Tokyo Finals. 

The twisties can lead to serious injuries for life. Here is what netizens have to say about Simone Biles’ twisties in support of her against those who call her a quitter without giving a thought about the amount of hard work and risk this sport includes. 

Author Gaesy Grald also came in support of Simone Biles, he wrote, “America has always asked Black people to give everything we’ve got and then give what we don’t have. Biles’s courageous decision is helping us all build a new muscle, helping us put one simple word at the top of our vocabulary: no” 

Simone Biles has thanked her fans for supporting her, she wrote, “the outpouring love & support I’ve received has made me realize I’m more than my accomplishments and gymnastics which I never truly believed before.” 


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