Three-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman criticized USA Gymnastics and the US Olympic Committee today for a lack of leadership in supporting athletes following Simone Biles' surprise exit from the women's team gymnastic final.
"USA Gymnastics has been an absolute disaster for years and unfortunately not enough has changed for us to believe in a safer future, but I think this just really shows the lack of leadership [of] USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic Committee," she told CNN's Jake Tapper.
Biles stepped away from Tuesday's competition saying it was important she protect her mental wellbeing and that athletes were "people at the end of the day."
Raisman also suggested Biles' decision could be an indicator of greater disfunction inside the organizations that govern gymnastics for American athletes.
"Their best athlete is struggling ... is there someone there to help her?" asked Raisman. "I don't know. I'm not there, so I don't know. But I think it's an important question that we should be asking."
"Does Simone have the support that she needs?" continued Raisman. "Do other athletes have the support that they need?"
Earlier in the interview, Raisman also drew from personal experience to describe the enormous pressure star athletes such as Biles face when under the global spotlight.
"It's a tremendous amount of pressure," she said. "...I feel for her so much and it's a lot of pressure and I think that factored into it."
"I'm completely devastated and I support her so much," she added.
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