Simone Biles of the USA speaks after WAG 5th subdivision qualifications
DOHA: Comments from Simone Biles of the USA, who competed despite having been diagnosed with a kidney stone on Friday evening, after the fifth subdivision of women’s qualifications at Aspire Dome on Saturday.
On competing despite having been diagnosed with a kidney stone after going to the emergency room on Friday evening.
I was in the ER last night and came back at around 1am. I found out I had a kidney stone, so we’re going from there. The pain is pretty OK right now, so that’s good.
On how she was diagnosed with a kidney stone after feeling pain.
We went as a precaution to get some tests done, and I’m laying on the table and I’m like, ‘Is everything OK?’ and (the hospital staff member) said, ‘The doctor has to tell you.’ I’m like, ‘What do you mean? The doctor has to tell me what?’.
On discharging herself from the hospital.
The doctors were asking me, ‘When’s your competition?’ and I was like, ‘Tomorrow. We have practice in the morning. I have to leave.’ They asked, ‘Are you still going to compete?’ And I said, ‘Yes, I’m leaving’.
On naming her kidney stone.
We’re calling it ‘Doha Pearl’ because it’s quite large and I don’t think I’ll pass this one, but we’ll see.
On whether she will buy a pearl to commemorate her ‘Doha Pearl’.
That’s a good idea. I love buying things. I hate spending money but I love buying things.
On coping with the pain caused by her kidney stone.
As an athlete my pain tolerance is definitely a little higher than your average person, I guess.
On her pain level during Saturday’s qualifications.
My pain has been a lot lower than it has been in the last couple of days, so that’s good. I think the team really cheers me up in the aspect and adrenaline kicked in, so I think that really helped a lot.
On her decision to compete.
It was definitely 100 per cent my decision. Nobody forced me to be out here. I’m really happy that they let me decide what I wanted to do.
On successfully performing a world-premiere vault (round-off, half turn onto the table, double-twisting layout front somersault) that could be named “The Biles”.
I fell in warm-ups, which shook me up but it gave me a chance to calm down and say to myself, ‘It will be fine, do it just like in training’.
On her performance.
I think tonight went pretty well overall. I had a little mistake on bars but I kept it going. I think, for the rest, I tried to stay as calm as possible and to relax.