The case of Simone Biles and perceptions of athlete mental health

Doehler, Steph (2022). The case of Simone Biles and perceptions of athlete mental health. OpenLearn.

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Abstract

When Simone Biles withdrew from several events at Tokyo 2020 due to mental health struggles, the gymnast came under fire from both the global media and the general public. The social media response revealed a polarising narrative, with many supporting Biles and engaging in a broader discussion concerning athlete mental health, while others condemned her action, implying she quit on the biggest sporting stage.

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