Biles recently appeared on the cover of WSJ Magazine’s July digital issue, where she candidly discussed the intense pressure she feels ahead of the 2020 Olympics (which were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic). Although she already qualified for Team U.S.A, the gymnast admitted that she considered retiring ahead of the Olympic Trials.
“I was like, ‘How can I get any better than that?’” she said.
Biles feared that she wouldn’t live up to expectations because she’d already “hit the peak of [her] career.” Despite her hesitation, she returned to the gym with a new set of coaches and a fresh mindset. “Now I can enjoy my gymnastics. It’s really up to me,” she added. “And that probably also comes along with how many titles I’ve won and everything I’ve established.”