Three-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman says she is proud of her former teammate Simone Biles after she withdrew from Tuesday's gymnastics team final.
"It is so much pressure," Raisman said to ESPN. "It's the most pressure I've ever seen on a gymnast and maybe even Olympic athlete, and I can't imagine how hard it is for her.
"I'm very proud of Simone, and I can't imagine the bravery that it takes to just say, 'I'm not going to do it today.' "
Biles' teammates, Sunisa Lee, Jordan Chiles and Grace McCallum pushed through with the rest of the competition, while Biles cheered from the sideline.
“We also have to focus on ourselves, because at the end of the day, we’re human, too,” Biles said. “So, we have to protect our mind and our body, rather than just go out there and do what the world wants us to do.”
Raisman was the captain of the women's gymnastics team at the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympics, helping the U.S. win gold at those games.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Simone Biles Olympics withdrawal: Aly Raisman praises Biles' 'bravery'