Before Simone Biles made her return to the balance beam at the Tokyo Olympics, Taylor Swift called Biles a ”hero” and offered the iconic gymnast words of encouragement before her routine was shown on primetime.
“What do we want from our heroes? What do we expect from them? What do we need from them?,” Swift says in a spot shared on NBC’s Twitter. “What happens when they surprise us? When you have the attention of the world, everything you do takes on a bigger meaning. It can be a heavy burden. It can be a chance to change everything.”
“Throughout the last week her voice has been as significant as her talents. Her honesty as beautiful as the perfection that had long been her signature,” Swift continued. “But don’t you see? It still is. She’s perfectly human, and that’s what makes it so easy to call her a hero. Simone Biles, back on the beam in Tokyo.”
Taylor then responded to Biles saying “I cried watching YOU.”
“I feel so lucky to have gotten to watch you all these years, but this week was a lesson in emotional intelligence and resilience. We all learned from you. Thank you.”
Biles won the bronze medal in the balance beam event after withdrawing from several events in the last week.
"It means more than all the golds because I've pushed through so much the last five years and the last week while I've even been here," Biles told Hoda Kotb of The Today Show. "It was very emotional, and I'm just proud of myself and just all of these girls, as well.
"I didn't really care about the outcome," she added. "I was just happy that I made the routine and that I got to compete one more time."