Wednesday Jul 28, 2021
Following the shock exit of US gymnast Simone Biles from the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, Hollywood star Matt Damon has come forth to express solidarity with the athlete.
The actor spoke about the news of the 24-year-old withdrawing after recording the lowest score on the vault of her complete Olympic career.
“Well I don’t know if I can predict how news will be received across the country. I mean she is so loved though. I just heard this myself, I was just told that she pulled out,” Damon told hosts Alex Jones and Jermaine Jenas on the One Show.
“Look, I have a daughter her age, the amount of pressure that’s put on all of these athletes but particularly her, is more than I think I’ve ever seen anyone put under. I just get into a protective crouch, because I think of my own kids and I just really hope she’s okay,” he went on to say.
“She’ll be fine. She is beloved, America loves that woman so we’re all with her,” he added.