Simone Biles Explains Gymnastics Hiatus: “A Break Is Needed”

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Five-time Olympic medalist Simone Biles is still adamant about taking a year-long break from competitive gymnastics.

The 19-year-old athlete from Boston, who brought home 4 golds after the recently concluded Rio Olympics, explains her reason for taking some much-needed time off on “Good Morning America” today:

“To travel and train, there’s just like no way I can do 100 percent so a break is needed.”

Just in time too, as she obviously has a lot on her plate. Since her win, she has met Beyonce and Kim Kardashian while presenting at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. She was welcomed like “crazy” too when she came back to her hometown last month.

“You dream of these things for so long and then it happens and you’re like, ‘Oh, what else do I want now?’” she said.

Aside from touring the country with some of her fellow “Final Five” gold medalist teammates for the 2016 Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions, she’s also writing her first autobiography, “Courage to Soar,” which is set to be released in November.

“I’m super-excited,” Biles said of the book. “It’s just about my life so that they hear it from me.”

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