HOUSTON – In the early morning of July 27th, Houston Texan Security Jonathan Owens watched his girlfriend Simone Biles at the Olympics.
But after skipping the gym team final and walking away to speak to her trainer, Owens said he felt sick knowing what Biles was going through. Biles withdrew from the event and later said she needed to focus on her mental health after experiencing the “twisties” during the competition.
“I was sick for her just because I can see her face, I know the expression on her face, I can read her lips and kind of know what was going on and what she was telling her coach,” Owens said Thursday. “I knew what was going on beforehand, so I really hoped she could get over it and go out there and perform. So I felt sick because she couldn’t go out.” there.”
Owens, who said this was the longest time the two had been apart since their date, said he was just trying to be “that extra voice” for Biles and help her stay positive.
“She was kind of embarrassed when things didn’t go right,” Owens said. “When you’ve got used to everything going right for so long and suddenly having a hiccup in the performance, you get on yourself, somehow lose your self-confidence. And that was kind of … the things I wanted to make sure of … keeping them positive.
“It was hard for me to really understand what she was going through because I’m not on this stage and coping with the pressures and everything, but I just try to be as understanding as possible.”
Biles retired from the all-around and individual jumping, floor and uneven bars event finals, but she crowned her Olympics by winning the bronze medal in the balance beam. Biles has now won seven Olympic medals, making Shannon Miller the most Olympic medal by an American gymnast.
“I was so proud of her,” said Owens. “Just to be able to mentally get over what was going on. She kind of changed her blasting routine, but I was just happy for her.”