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In a sea of support for Simone Biles, there's razor-sharp criticism

Following Biles' decision to withdraw from two Olympic gymnastic competitions to focus on her mental and physical health, critics were quick to judge.

ATLANTA — Simone Biles, the most decorated gymnast on the global stage, shifted the focus of the Olympics by highlighting the importance of her mental health. Waves of support from fellow Olympians, gymnasts and fans surfaced on social media following Biles' decision. 

She said she had the "twisties," a term popular in the gymnastics community to define a mental disconnect that won't allow them to complete a trick. It's usually associated with increased amounts of pressure. 

Other gymnasts and athletes knew exactly what she meant. 

"Your brain will like stutter step for half a second, and that's enough to throw off the whole skill," gymnast Laurie Hernandez told Olympics.com

While the wave of support came rushing in, the razor-sharp critics were also quick to judge.

Texas Deputy Attorney General Aaron Reitz took to Twitter on Tuesday, sharing the unforgettable 1996 moment of Kerri Strugg competing while injured.

"Contrast this with our selfish, childish national embarrassment, Simone Biles," he tweeted. 

After backlash set in, he issued an apology to Biles. 

But the criticism didn't stop there. 

Charlie Kirk, who claimed Biles was "weak" and a "shame to the country," talked about Biles' decision to withdraw for mental health reasons on his "The Charlie Kirk Show" podcast.

"We are raising a generation of weak people like Simone Biles," he said on the podcast.

Other notable critics were Piers Morgan, who wrote an op-ed piece for the Daily Mail, calling Biles a let down to her country, teammates and fans. 

"Sorry, Simone Biles, but there's nothing heroic or brave about quitting because you're not having 'fun,'" Morgan wrote. 

Both Kirk and Morgan received backlash on accounts of being "hypocritical" of Biles' decision not to compete.

SNL Weekend Update host Michael Che took a different approach, spinning Biles' decision into a satirical opportunity. Che posted a series of Instagram stories claiming he wanted to "make fun of Simone Biles." Eventually, he rated joke submissions from Instagram users, which treaded several boundaries.

Before Che could delete and swipe his Instagram of any posts, people on social media shared screenshots of his story.

One of the jokes talked about former USA gymnast doctor Larry Nassar, who sexually abused gymnasts for years, including Simone Biles. Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, Gabby Douglas, Jordyn Wieber, Kyla Ross and Madison Kocian also said Nassar abused them.

After the Instagram stories disappeared and Che's account was clear of any posts, he uploaded a black picture with text claiming he was hacked. He has since deleted all photos on his Instagram.

However, it didn't stop the backlash Che received on Twitter.

Others asked for Che to be removed from SNL and for his deal with HBO Max to be reconsidered.

Biles answered many fans questions about the "twisties" and how they continue to plague her during the Olympics. 

"For anyone saying I quit, I didn't quit," she wrote. "I don't think you realize how dangerous this is on a hard competition surface. Nor do I have to explain why I put health first."

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