Simone Biles' decision to step aside in Tokyo resonates with Stamford gymnastics coach

Ann Roth, the gymnastics director at Chelsea Piers in Stamford, says gymnastics is "a sport that is a discipline that encompasses your life."

News 12 Staff

Jul 27, 2021, 9:57 PM

Updated 1,033 days ago

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A gymnastics director in Stamford is sharing her empathy with Simone Biles, who pulled out of the team final at the U.S. Olympics Tuesday.
Ann Roth, the gymnastics director at Chelsea Piers in Stamford, says gymnastics is "a sport that is a discipline that encompasses your life."
She says she can empathize with how Simone Biles felt about deciding not to compete in the women's team final.
"It's not all about the win, but what we learn along the way," Roth said. "There's no disputing the fact that there are enormous pressures, and we need to support each other through these pressures and help one another do the best that they can and take the right steps for each individual person."
Roth says she doesn't look at Biles' decision as a negative, but that it may create opportunities for other gymnasts to step up.
Biles has qualified to compete in the all-around and all four event finals throughout the rest of the week.


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