Simone Biles’ Aunt Dies Amid 2020 Tokyo Olympics
The gymnast, who withdrew from several Olympic events to focus on her mental health, returned to the competition on August 3, winning a bronze medal in the balance beam final. After her third place finish, Biles told reporters that her aunt—her father’s sister—”unexpectedly passed,” according to People.
Biles’ coach Cecile Canqueteau-Landi also confirmed the heartbreaking news. “That was another one, I was like, ‘Oh my God. This week needs to be over,'” Landi said, via People. “I asked her, ‘What do you need?’ And she said, ‘I just need some time.’ I said, ‘You call me, text me if you need anything. I’ll be here. Whatever that is.’ She called her parents. She said, ‘There’s nothing I can do from over here, so I’m just going to finish my week and when I get home we’ll deal with it.'”