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UFC legend Ronda Rousey has jumped to the defence of Simone Biles after the gymnastics queen was forced to withdraw from the women's team final in Tokyo.
Biles - who is arguably the greatest gymnast of all-time - pulled out of the main event after her very first vault, citing mental health concerns.
The 24-year-old admits she doesn't "trust herself as much" as she used to and therefore made the decision to withdraw.
Unfortunately, Biles' tough call was met with a barrage of vile abuse from fans who slammed her for 'turning her back on the team' and 'giving up'.
In particular, Charlie Kirk called her a "selfish sociopath" and a "shame to the country".
"We are raising a generation of weak people like Simone Biles," he said on his radio station.
Charlie Kirk calls Simone Biles a "selfish sociopath" and a "shame to the country"- Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) July 27, 2021
"We are raising a generation of weak people like Simone Biles" pic.twitter.com/yDLtblAS35
Former UFC champion Rousey wasn't onboard with the idea of kicking her compatriot while she was down and immediately fired back at the harsh critics.
"Everyone judging Simone Biles doesn't know their foot from their a**hole when it comes to being in her position," Rousey wrote on Twitter.
"She's on the Olympic team while you're on Twitter. Whatever is going on cannot be grasped from outside. She's doing the absolute best she can given the situation she's in."
Others were also quick to chime in, condemning the keyboard warriors for bombarding Biles with abuse on social media.
But while some went to town on the sleuths, others took to the time to praise Biles for her brave decision - a call that could ultimately impact Biles' ambitions of equalling Larisa Latynina's all-time women's record of nine Olympic golds.
"I can't imagine the pressure Simone has been feeling," retired figure skater Adam Rippon said.
"Sending her SO much love. It easy to forget she's still human. WE LOVE YOU."
Sending nothing but love and positivity to the :goat: @Simone_Biles- Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) July 27, 2021
Simone Biles is an incredible human being. Not only is she one of the greatest athletes that's ever lived, she is an extraordinary profile in courage. Here's wishing her well.- ken olin (@kenolin1) July 27, 2021
Black women are continuously shifting the narrative on what it means to be a "strong Black woman". To be strong is to thrive, and not suffer. There is strength in putting yourself first. Especially in these systems that do not serve us. Thank you @naomiosaka and @Simone_Biles.- Dr. Raven the Science Maven (@ravenscimaven) July 27, 2021
I love and admire Simone Biles and our Olympians. Beyond their determination and sacrifice, they evidence the greatness of the human spirit, in victory and in defeat. I take pride in them, not so much for the medals they win as for the grace, humanity & character of their hearts.- Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) July 27, 2021
The United States quartet ended up losing the team event to the Russians, who clinched gold for the first time since the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
As for Biles, she's yet to confirm whether she's officially withdrawing from the rest of the Games too.
"I have to do what's right for me and focus on my mental health and not jeopardise my health and my wellbeing," Biles said.
"I just don't trust myself as much as I used to, and I don't know if it's age. I'm a little bit more nervous when I do gymnastics," she admitted.
"I feel like I'm also not having as much fun, and I know that this Olympic Games, I wanted it to be for myself," she said, as she began to cry, and she was comforted by her teammates.
"It just sucks that it happens here at the Olympics Games. With the year that it's been, I'm really not surprised the way it played out."
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