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EDITORIAL: Simone Biles Illustrates the Importance of Perseverance

The entire nation held its breath just a few days ago as Olympic standout Simone Biles approached the balance beam in her efforts to capture another medal.

The anticipation was even greater given Simone’s recent decision to withdraw from competition after citing challenges she continues to face due to her mental health – a move that shocked us all.

Prior to her stepping up to the balance beam, most people believed that we had seen the last of the gymnastics superstar. After all, mental health is not something that can be easily overcome. So, our attention quickly turned to her teammates and other American athletes – all hoping to achieve stardom as medal winners.

But Simone surprised us all.

And, in her own formidable way, she persevered in the face of adversity and garnered yet another piece of Olympic hardware – this time a bronze medal.

Simone Biles has been perfecting her skills for most of her life. She has dealt with separation from her family and worked through injuries and setbacks in her quest to become the best in her field as a world-class gymnast. She has already achieved her goal.

Yet, by returning to that balance beam once again, she also showed us why it’s so important to never give up on ourselves. Sometimes in life, we will face hardship, pain and overwhelming obstacles that all but paralyze us.

It is at those times that we must go deep inside for that reservoir of untapped power. When we combine that newfound strength with years of preparation and the desire to simply do our best, all things are possible.

Congratulations to Simone Biles and to all of the Simones of the world who refuse to give up.

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