With a combined total of 31 (yes, 31!) Olympic and World Championship medals, Simone Biles is *the* most decorated gymnast ever.
But her success didn’t happen overnight, and all of her experiences, both on and off the mat, have shaped the way she perceives just about everything — from her sport to herself. The 24-year-old athlete has never shied away from being real about her experience, which is why her words are always wisdom to live by.
At the end of the day, we’re human... We have to protect our mind and our body rather than just go out there and do what the world wants us to do.
In the gym, I think representation matters. Whenever you're younger and you see somebody that looks just like you, you're like, 'Wow, they're doing it. Then I can do it too.’
Mentally, I go to therapy. But other than that, I just surround myself with people who I love and who will give me good, positive vibes so that I can keep and stay healthy.
Put mental health first, because if you don't, then you're not going to enjoy your sport and you're not going to succeed as much as you want to.