Olympics-Biles would not be crushed if she missed Paris Olympics

Simone Biles said she felt like a failure after the Tokyo Olympics and would not be devastated if she did not make the US Paris Summer Games squad.

After a confidence problem that caused her to drop out of many events owing to "the twisties"—a mental block that disorients gymnasts—Biles returned from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with a silver and a bronze instead of a record six golds.

"I wish I could sit here and tell you it was glorious," Biles told Vanity Fair of her post-Tokyo Olympics break. After the 2016 Rio Olympics, I had the time of my life on break. I was doing everything.

After nearly two years out, Biles returned to competition in August at the U.S. Classic and won the all-around. Weeks later, she claimed a record eighth all-around victory at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships.

Last year's global championships in Belgium gave her four golds, including a record sixth all-around title.

The four-time Olympic gold medalist stated she would leave the U.S. squad for the July 26-Aug. 11 Paris Games if her results don't qualify.

Biles, who will cover Vanity Fair in February, added, "If I don't make it to Paris, it won't absolutely crush me."

"Besides his beauty, he was polite and compassionate, and I enjoyed his confidence. "He thinks he's the best at everything," said Biles, a Packers fan. "When I won my first Olympics at 19, I thought, how can I beat this?

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