TOKYO – No one knows what’s next for Simone Biles. But an Olympic cyclist might be an example of what’s possible for the gymnast. In January, Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands walked away from competitive cycling because of . On Wednesday, he won the at the Tokyo Games.
Only after a four-month layoff did the Dutchman begin training for the Olympics. “I came from very far, the last couple of months, so this is all I got today, and it’s beautiful,”. “I was over-trained in the winter, and also, mentally, I was quite down. I took a break and found out that I still love my bike.
Tom Dumoulin, left, stands on the podium in theon the bike. I still love aiming for the big goals in professional cycling and decided to return, especially for today’s event.” Perhaps that is something Biles, 24, will experience after her shocking withdrawal from the Olympics.
Like Dumoulin, Biles referred toissues as a reason for her shocking withdrawal from competition at the Olympics. On Tuesday, she pulled out of the team competition after the vault, the Americans’ first event, and decided against competing in the all-around .
Long before the shocking development for Biles, Dumoulin said he knew he wasn’t alone. “Of course I am not alone,” Dumoulin said in June, according to Cycling News. “Many top and non-top athletes sometimes struggle with themselves, but I don’t want to present myself as a. “I have no advice for others. Each person can figure that out for himself. …I certainly found the love of cycling again.
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“I was in a deep place before. Besides the mental difficulties, I was overtrained, so physically, I was not healthy either. As soon as I took some rest, I felt better. When I got back on the bike, I felt that the rider Dumoulin was not– I still have that feeling now.”
The feeling must have been as strong as ever on Tuesday, with the silver medal draped around his neck. Although he was not inclined to offer advice, his path could be a blueprint for Biles. In short, Dumoulin needed time away.
“It’s been a tough road back,” he said. “I had a clear goal in mind to take a medal here. And I succeeded. It’s not gold but silver with a golden touch.” This article originally appeared onTokyo Olympic cyclist Tom Dumoulin may be an example of Simone Biles.