July 28, 2021

Anat Geva, a clinical psychologist with HealthONE Behavioral Health and Wellness Center in Denver, said there is a growing understanding for both spectators and competitors that the athlete is not a commercial product—they're people.

“I think it’s remarkable that someone of such high prestige as Simone Biles was able to say, ‘I need the help,’” she said. “And I think for many people who are big fans, are admirers—she did such a huge service for them. And many other famous people, performers, artists, athletes who are able to do that, they show us that no matter how high you are in your game, how much on top of your game you are, we all still need help on occasion and there’s no shame in asking for it.

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