Flower Mound's Emma Malabuyo Reflects on Olympic Experience, Biles Withdrawal

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After 10 days successful Tokyo, gymnast Emma Malabuyo is backmost successful North Texas.

“It was conscionable an grant being determination and being chosen,” she said.

The 18-year-old from Flower Mound was an alternate for the U.S. Gymnastics team.

She had to instrumentality location wrong 24-hours of learning she wouldn't vie due to the fact that of COVID-19 protocols.

“We person to beryllium prepared mentally, physically due to the fact that you tin beryllium thrown into the contention oregon you tin conscionable spell location and not vie astatine each truthful you benignant of person to beryllium acceptable either way,” Malabuyo said.

Three days aft arriving successful Tokyo, she says she had to isolate due to the fact that different alternate gymnast, Kara Eaker, tested affirmative for COVID-19.

Malabuyo said she was lone allowed retired of her edifice country to train.

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“We were truthful shocked due to the fact that we had taken truthful galore tests and we thought everyone was fine. We were wearing our masks the full time,” she said.

As a five-time nationalist squad member, Malabuyo knows the unit that comes with competing. But, she says the Olympics took a dense affectional toll and admits she broke down successful tears astatine trials.

“I haven't done that ever but it’s conscionable thing that radical don't recognize however hard it is connected you and erstwhile you person the full full state praising Simone, ‘Oh, she's going to bring location the golden medal,’ I deliberation each of that tin adhd up,” Malabuyo said.

She said Simone made the close determination to measurement backmost from the squad contention to absorption connected her intelligence health, and believes it sends a connection to others facing akin struggles.

“Even the champion marque mistakes,” Malabuyo said.

Even nether immense unit astatine the Olympics, she said she would bash it each implicit again.

Malabuyo volition be UCLA connected a gymnastics assistance successful the fall

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