'Can't hear you': Simone Biles rips 'quitter' critics with golden takedown

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Simone Biles (pictured) celebrating after the women's beam at the Tokyo Olympics.
Simone Biles (pictured) took a dig at her critics after picking up two medals at the Tokyo Olympics. (Getty Images)

Seven-time Olympic medalist Simone Biles has hit back at her critics following her Tokyo Olympics campaign.

Biles shocked the world at the Olympics after withdrawing from a number of events to look after her mental health during her time in Tokyo.

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She also admitted she was suffering from the 'twisties', a gymnastics term for when an athlete is struggling with their revolutions and landings.

The American gymnastics superstar pulled out of the women's team event, due to mental health concerns, before withdrawing from all but one of her individual events.

She then returned to claim bronze in the balance beam, after she had claimed a silver in the team artistic all-around event at the beginning of the Games.

However, Biles became the target of disgusting criticism due to her decision to withdraw with many labelling her a 'quitter'.

And the gymnastics legend admitted she could never have planned how the Olympics turned out.

“Definitely not the way I planned the olympics going but I wouldn’t change anything for the world,” she said on Instagram.

“I’m proud of myself and the career I’ve had thus far. this olympics doesn’t erase the past accomplishments I’ve achieved nor does it define who I am as an athlete.”

Sime Biles rips critics in Instagram post

The greatest gymnast of all-time then took a not-so-subtle dig at the critics that labelled her a 'quitter'.

“I’ve pushed through so much the past couple years, the word quitter is not in my vocabulary,” she added.

"For some of you that may be how you define me but keep talking because I can’t hear you over my 7 olympic medals which tied me for the most decorated gymnast EVER as well as most decorated American gymnast.”

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Regardless of what some thought, Biles returned home from Tokyo with a hero's reception following a tumultuous Olympic Games campaign.

There was an overwhelming amount of support and understanding for the 24-year-old regarded as the greatest female gymnast of all time as she stepped aside from some events.

That was evidenced by touching scenes as she returned home from Tokyo to Houston, where fans waited for her at the airport and cheered loudly as she made her way out.

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