American gymnast Simone Biles has thanked Taylor Swift for her "grace and generosity" during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Biles presented Swift with the Gracie Grand Award at the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation's 46th Gracie Awards yesterday.
"I can't tell you how much I love Taylor and her music," Biles said in the video message. "But 'Folklore' is not the only incredible thing she did during this ongoing pandemic.
"She has shown immense grace and generosity to many of her fans in need, including me. During the 2020 Olympics she reached out, but she also dedicated something so special to me that I'll never forget."
Swift, who was recognised for her "Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions" concert film, was equally complimentary about Biles.
"I wanted to say, first of all, thank you Simone Biles for presenting this award to me," Swift said. "I absolutely adore you and that just really made my heart skip a beat."
Biles recently made headlines after admitting she "should have quit" gymnastics "way before" the Tokyo Olympics.
The 24-year-old went into the Games expected to successfully defend her four Olympic titles, but she withdrew from the team, individual all-around, vault, uneven bars and floor events with a case of the "twisties''.
She then bravely returned to earn a bronze medal in the balance beam.
After qualifying for all six Olympic finals, Biles struggled to execute moves in training.
"I was not physically capable," the American told The Cut. "Every avenue we tried, my body was like, 'Simone, chill. Sit down. We’re not doing it'. And I’ve never experienced that."
Despite this, Biles stepped out to compete in the team all-around final alongside Jordan Chiles, Sunisa Lee and Grace McCallum. She was competing on the vault first, but only completed a 1.5 flip after going for a 2.5. The twisties had set in.
"It’s so dangerous," Biles explained. "It’s basically life or death. It’s a miracle I landed on my feet. If that was any other person, they would have gone out on a stretcher. As soon as I landed that vault, I went and told my coach: 'I cannot continue.' "
Biles also suggested her struggles at Tokyo 2020 could be attributed to the abuse inflicted on her by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, who was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison after he was accused of sexual abuse by more than 330 women and girls.News Now - Sport News