Superstar gold medal Olympic gymnast, Simone Biles, was in a significant amount of pain and was brought to the emergency room. U.S. gymnastics officials thought she might have appendicitis and were starting to work out how to approach the team event without the superstar on the roster. A CT scan revealed it to be a kidney stone. Very painful, of course, but at least Biles did not require emergency surgery.
Biles nicknamed the kidney stone “the Doha Pearl” and the reigning Olympic gymnastics champion grabbed her stuff and discharged herself from the hospital, telling the staff she’ll deal with the pain later.
“I heard roller coasters might help kidney stones,” Biles said. “And I’m like ‘Well, I’m basically like my own little rollercoaster out there.
So Biles put herself back in a leotard at the Aspire Academy in Doha, ready to compete again. Because of doping rules, Biles couldn’t take hard drugs to help with the pain. Instead, to get through the four events, she just had to grin and bear the excruciating pain.
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