Simone Biles thanks the school for letting her train during the 2020 Olympics

Juntendo University’s gym will always have a special place in Simone Biles‘ Heart.

The 24-year-old gymnast trained there privately after withdrawing from the women’s gymnastics team final at the 2020 Olympic Games.

“I will forever be grateful to Junetendo for allowing me to train separately to try and regain my skills,” she tweeted on August 4th. “The Japanese are some of, if not the cutest, people I have ever met.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, the university professor Kazuhiro Aoki received a call on July 28th asking if Biles could practice away from the spotlight at school.

“This is a complicated business,” he was told, according to the publication. “But that’s for bile.”

The call reportedly came 12 hours after Biles performed her jump exercise and removed herself from the women’s gymnastics team final – citing a case of “twisties” or disorientation in the air and the need to focus on her mental health as the reasons for the Focus on withdrawal. The American women’s gymnastics team won the silver medal.

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