After Simon Biles dropped out of the team competition of women’s gymnastics at the Tokyo Olympics Tuesday because of mental health concerns and the competition was not fun for her, and then followed it up by dropping out of the individual portion the competition, it was interesting to see what her sponsors would do, now that her quest to become the greatest gymnast ever had failed and she would no longer be NBC’s television star of the Games.
Her sponsors were paying big bucks for what they thought was a future champion and gold medalist in Tokyo, but even though they aren’t getting that, they seem to be still supporting her.
Core Power sent out a tweet that said they are “in awe of her,” even after she dropped out of competition.
One of her new sponsors is apparel company Athleta. Chief brand Officer Kyle Andrews told CNN that the company stands by her whether she’s competing or not.
“Being the best also means knowing how to take care of yourself. We are inspired by her leadership today and are behind her every step of the way.”
Visa said Biles’ decision was “incredible brave,” and proves she’s an inspiration on and off the mat.
United Airlines told Sportico that they were a proud partner of Biles for years and continues to support her.
Here’s what Uber Eats said about their famous athlete that appeared in commercials for them last year. “She has shown true strength both inside and outside of the gym, setting an incredible example for athletes around the world.”