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Simone Biles's Olympic meltdown sparks stars into going public on mental health
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Simone Biles's Olympic meltdown sparks stars into going public on mental health

Biles's attack of the twisties — a condition meaning gymnasts lose the ability to orientate themselves in mid-air — is perhaps the most abiding image of the Games.

US gymnast Simone Biles receives Medal of Freedom, becomes youngest ever to achieve the award
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US gymnast Simone Biles receives Medal of Freedom, becomes youngest ever to achieve the award

It was the first time Biden had awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His recipient list included both living and deceased honourees.

Simone Biles, other women seek $1 billion-plus from FBI for inaction over Larry Nassar
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Simone Biles, other women seek $1 billion-plus from FBI for inaction over Larry Nassar

There's no dispute that FBI agents in 2015 knew that Nassar was accused of assaulting gymnasts, but they failed to act

Year in Review 2021: Top 10 sporting moments from the year gone by
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Year in Review 2021: Top 10 sporting moments from the year gone by

As the year draws to a close, the sports desk at Firstpost picks some of their favourite moments from the 2021

Regroup, reset: Gymnast Simone Biles to rest after trailblazing 'Gold Over America Tour'
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Regroup, reset: Gymnast Simone Biles to rest after trailblazing 'Gold Over America Tour'

The 'GOAT' tour allowed Biles to reconnect with the energy of a crowd, energy that was palpably missing inside the spectator-free Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo.

'I should have quit way before Tokyo', Simone Biles says her mental health issues had begun before Olympics
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'I should have quit way before Tokyo', Simone Biles says her mental health issues had begun before Olympics

Biles was expected to dominate at the Tokyo Games but instead caused a sensation by pulling out of the opening event of the women's gymnastics competition after being plagued by an attack of the "twisties".

Simone Biles says FBI turned 'blind eye' to reports of gymnasts' abuse at hands of Larry Nassar
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Simone Biles says FBI turned 'blind eye' to reports of gymnasts' abuse at hands of Larry Nassar

An internal investigation by the Justice Department released in July said the FBI made fundamental errors in the probe and did not treat the case with the "utmost seriousness" after USA Gymnastics first reported the allegations to the FBI's field office in Indianapolis in 2015.

Simone Biles says mental health concerns had begun before Tokyo Olympics 2020
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Simone Biles says mental health concerns had begun before Tokyo Olympics 2020

The US gymnastics superstar caused a sensation at the Olympics last month after pulling out of the team final competition before later withdrawing from the individual all-around competition.

Sha'Carri Richardson vows 'I'm here to stay' after ban for marijuana at Tokyo Olympics
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Sha'Carri Richardson vows 'I'm here to stay' after ban for marijuana at Tokyo Olympics

Sha'Carri Richardson, the US sprint star banned from the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for marijuana, returns to competition on Saturday at the Prefontaine Classic, a Diamond League meet in Eugene.

USA's star gymnast Simone Biles says mental health advocacy part of post-Olympic tour
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USA's star gymnast Simone Biles says mental health advocacy part of post-Olympic tour

The 35-city exhibition, which kicks off in Tucson, Arizona, on 21 September, will incorporate gymnastics and dance elements but also feature a segment led by former UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi on the importance of taking care of yourself mentally.

Tokyo Big Picture: Covering the Olympics is a game of chance
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Tokyo Big Picture: Covering the Olympics is a game of chance

You know Mirabai Chanu could sleep-lift her way to a silver in her weight class. But at that same time, there's a boy, Saurabh Chaudhury, 19 years of age, shooting at a venue 30 kms away, who has a chance to do better: he can win gold. So that’s who you took a chance on.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Eliud Kipchoge clinches marathon gold as USA top medals tally to close Games
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Eliud Kipchoge clinches marathon gold as USA top medals tally to close Games

After Kipchoge's marathon win for Kenya, the United States scored victories in volleyball, track cycling and basketball to top the tally with 39 gold medals, just one ahead of China.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: The price of pursuing endeavours that nourish us — and diminish us
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I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: The price of pursuing endeavours that nourish us — and diminish us

I'll Be Gone in the Dark is a psychological portrait of an artist. Its emotional hook lies not so much in the investigation involving the Golden State Killer as Michelle McNamara’s journey from true-crime blogger to full-time author.

To be among top Olympic nations, Indians must snap out of the Bronze Age of the mind
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To be among top Olympic nations, Indians must snap out of the Bronze Age of the mind

Anything less than gold does not deserve a carnival of the nation’s emotions

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Simone Biles says she will 'forever cherish' her challenging Tokyo Olympics
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Simone Biles says she will 'forever cherish' her challenging Tokyo Olympics

With team silver, Biles leaves Japan with two minor medals, a far cry from the four golds and bronze from Rio five years ago.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: 'It means more than all the golds', says Simone Biles on her bronze-medal finish
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: 'It means more than all the golds', says Simone Biles on her bronze-medal finish

Biles' already storied career took flight in the most unexpected direction possible in Tokyo, that comment unthinkable a fortnight ago when she had her sights set on five golds.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Simone Biles wins bronze in beam final on return after mental health battle
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Simone Biles wins bronze in beam final on return after mental health battle

It was Biles' seventh Olympic medal, equalling Shannon Miller's record for an American gymnast.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: US gymnastics superstar Simone Biles trains on beam ahead of return
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: US gymnastics superstar Simone Biles trains on beam ahead of return

Biles has not performed in public since sensationally dropping out of the women's team final last week.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Simone Biles set for dramatic return as transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard makes history
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Simone Biles set for dramatic return as transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard makes history

After pulling out of her first events with the "twisties", a disorientating mental block, Biles was included on the list of eight finalists for Tuesday's beam competition, her last chance to win gold in Tokyo 2020

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Simone Biles pulls out from vault, uneven bars event finals
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Simone Biles pulls out from vault, uneven bars event finals

Biles said on Friday she was struggling with the "twisties", the mental block that has sidelined her in Tokyo.