She's one of the world's most talented athletes and arguably one of the greatest gymnasts of all time. Little wonder everyone was waiting in anticipation to see what Simone Biles would bring to an Olympic Games that lacked some of the dazzle and splendour of games gone by.
The shock of her withdrawing from the US team competition at the Tokyo 2020 Games spread swiftly. And when it emerged that she withdrew to protect her mental health, her critics came for her with a ferocity equalled only by those who supported her decision.
"I just think mental health is more prevalent in sports right now," the 24-year-old told reporters. "We have to protect our minds and our bodies and not just go out and do what the world wants us to do.