When Simone Biles withdrew from the team and individual all-around gymnastics competitions at the 2021 Summer Olympics, she told reporters afterwards that she was “having a little bit of the twisties.”

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According to CNN, the twisties are”

a mysterious phenomenon — suddenly a gymnast is no longer able to do a twisting skill she’s done thousands of times before. Your body just won’t cooperate, your brain loses track of where you are in the air. You find out where the ground is when you slam into it.

Article link: CNN – Simone Biles and ‘the twisties’: How fear affects the mental health and physical safety of gymnasts


The New York Post describes it this way

According to the BBC, in gymnastics, the twisties can cause someone to lose their sense of space and dimension as they’re in the air. This causes them to lose control of their body and they may perform extra twists or flips that they hadn’t intended to do.

Article Link: New York Post – What are the ‘twisties’? The dangerous gymnastics phenomenon that ailed Simone Biles


BBC News Article Link: Simone Biles: What are the twisties in gymnastics?


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