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Simone Biles Doesn’t Owe Fans Anything

Aaron Freedman Jacobin
At the end of the day, Simone Biles is a worker. And she was right to put her mental health first, just as any worker should be able to stay home sick instead of pouring their life force into serving someone else.

Simone Biles Just Demonstrated a True Champion Mind-Set

Lindsay Crouse The New York Times
Biles joins a growing number of younger athletes, including her fellow Olympian tennis star Naomi Osaka, who are pushing against the traditional American narrative of gold at all costs, including the expense of their own mental or physical health.

Faced With Abuse Scandal, U.S.O.C. Does Nothing

Juliet Macur New York Times
Why is the United States Olympic Committee protecting USA Gymnastics? Whatever the reason, it’s time for it to stop. Why, amid what is one of the worst sexual-abuse scandals in sports history — one much bigger than the Penn State scandal that took down the longtime football coach Joe Paterno, an athletic director and a university president — hasn’t the Olympic committee fully held the gymnastics federation accountable for its incompetence?
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