Simone Biles, crowned most dominant athlete, reveals she takes anxiety meds, therapy

Olympic gold medalist and gymnastics record-setter Simone Biles found her voice in 2018, a year that featured immense highs and lows for the young athlete. She continued to use that voice Tuesday morning on Good Morning America where she disclosed she began taking anxiety medicine and regularly goes to therapy after she was sexually abused by former team doctor Larry Nassar.

The high that goes with it: gracing the cover of ESPN The Magazine’s The 20 Most Dominant Athletes issue as its No. 1.

Biles speaks about therapy, medication

It’s the first time Biles has spoken publicly about her self-care. The 21-year-old first shared she was one of the hundreds sexually abused by Nassar nearly a full year ago, Jan. 15, 2018.

Biles told GMA’s Robin Roberts she’s able to process it all through anxiety medication and talking through it.

“I had a lot of ups and downs throughout the year and trying to figure out what was wrong,” Biles said.  “I go to therapy pretty regularly. It’s not easy but the people surrounding me are some of the best so it makes it a little easier.”

Biles became more outspoken in 2018, beginning with her #MeToo post sharing that she was also a Nassar survivor. In October she called out newly named CEO Mary Bono, who resigned days later.

“There were a lot of points in this year that made me who I am today and I feel stronger,” she said. “I feel like this year gave me a voice and I tried to find my voice this year and use that to the better potential and positive manner.”

Her appearance on GMA came less than 24 hours after an independent investigation released its findings that the United States Olympic Committee failed to protect its young athletes, going so far as to delete evidence in keeping the allegations secret.

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TOPSHOT - Simone Biles of the United States competes on the uneven bars during day nine of the 2018 FIG Artistic Gymnastics Championships at the Aspire Dome on November 2, 2018 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by KARIM JAAFAR / AFP) (Photo credit should read KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - NOVEMBER 02: Simone Biles of The United States celebrates her silver medal in the uneaven bars during day nine of the 2018 FIG Artistic Gymnastics Championships at Aspire Dome on November 2, 2018 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - NOVEMBER 02: Simone Biles of USA warms up as she prepares to compete in the Women's Apparatus Final during day nine of the 2018 FIG Artistic Gymnastics Championships at Aspire Dome on November 2, 2018 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - NOVEMBER 02: Simone Biles of The United States competes in the Voult exercise during day nine of the 2018 FIG Artistic Gymnastics Championships at Aspire Dome on November 2, 2018 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Simone Biles of  United States during Uneven Bars, Individual Final for Women at the Aspire Dome in Doha, Qatar, Artistic FIG Gymnastics World Championships on 1 of November, 2018. (Photo by Ulrik Pedersen/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Simone Biles of  United States during Balancing Beam, Individual Final for Women at the Aspire Dome in Doha, Qatar, Artistic FIG Gymnastics World Championships on 1 of November, 2018. (Photo by Ulrik Pedersen/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Simone Biles of  United States during Uneven Bars, Individual Final for Women at the Aspire Dome in Doha, Qatar, Artistic FIG Gymnastics World Championships on 1 of November, 2018. (Photo by Ulrik Pedersen/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Simone Biles of  United States during Vault, Individual Final for Women at the Aspire Dome in Doha, Qatar, Artistic FIG Gymnastics World Championships on 1 of November, 2018. (Photo by Ulrik Pedersen/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Simone Biles of  United States during Floor, Individual Final for Women at the Aspire Dome in Doha, Qatar, Artistic FIG Gymnastics World Championships on 1 of November, 2018. (Photo by Ulrik Pedersen/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Simone Biles of  United States after winning the goal at Individual Final for Women at the Aspire Dome in Doha, Qatar, Artistic FIG Gymnastics World Championships on 1 of November, 2018. (Photo by Ulrik Pedersen/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Simone Biles of  United States with her goal medal at Individual Final for Women at the Aspire Dome in Doha, Qatar, Artistic FIG Gymnastics World Championships on 1 of November, 2018. (Photo by Ulrik Pedersen/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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Biles named most dominant athlete

The four-time Olympic gold medalist swung by GMA for the reveal of her ESPN cover. The magazine named her its most dominant athlete of 2018.

ESPN wrote in a coinciding announcement:

Simone Biles’ routines at the U.S. and world championships appeared unbound by terrestrial gravity; she became the first gymnast to make falling irrelevant. (The dominant-athlete quote of the year is surely hers: “It just sucks that I did so bad and I still won.”)

Biles said she asked the organization if she was No. 20, or maybe top 5. She “honestly didn’t believe” that ESPN named her its No. 1.

“It didn’t occur to me and I didn’t think it was real,” she told Roberts.

“I was like, you’re joking,” she added.

“Dominated” feels too weak of a word to use for Biles at the 2018 World Championships this autumn. She won medals in all six events, including four golds that gave her the title of most world championship titles.

Her silver on the uneven bars was her first world medal in the event, what had been the one blemish on her career.

And she did it all despite two falls on the first day hence that “I did so bad” quote of the year and a late trip to the ER with kidney stones on the eve of the championships.

“I mean, come on! How did you do that?” Roberts said, asking the question we all wanted to know.

Biles said she and her parents were hoping the stone would wait to pass until they got back to the U.S., which is exactly what happened. Proving she’s still a 21-year-old, she revealed she postponed a follow-up doctor’s appointment to be on GMA that morning.

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2016 Rio Olympics - Artistic Gymnastics - Victory Ceremony - Women's Individual All-Around Victory Ceremony - Rio Olympic Arena - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 11/08/2016. Simone Biles (USA) of USA bites her gold medal on the podium after winning the women's individual all-around final. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
2016 Rio Olympics - Artistic Gymnastics - Victory Ceremony - Women's Individual All-Around Victory Ceremony - Rio Olympic Arena - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 11/08/2016. Simone Biles (USA) of USA, wearing her gold medal, reacts at a camera after winning the women's individual all-around final. REUTERS/Mike Blake TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
2016 Rio Olympics - Artistic Gymnastics - Final - Women's Individual All-Around Final - Rio Olympic Arena - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 11/08/2016. Simone Biles (USA) of USA competes on the vault during the women's individual all-around final. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
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2016 Rio Olympics - Artistic Gymnastics - Final - Women's Individual All-Around Final - Rio Olympic Arena - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 11/08/2016. Simone Biles (USA) of the U.S. celebrates winning the gold. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
2016 Rio Olympics - Artistic Gymnastics - Final - Women's Individual All-Around Final - Rio Olympic Arena - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 11/08/2016. Simone Biles (USA) of USA competes on the beam during the women's individual all-around final. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
2016 Rio Olympics - Artistic Gymnastics - Final - Women's Individual All-Around Final - Rio Olympic Arena - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 11/08/2016. Simone Biles (USA) of USA competes on the beam during the women's individual all-around final. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
2016 Rio Olympics - Artistic Gymnastics - Final - Women's Individual All-Around Final - Rio Olympic Arena - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 11/08/2016. Simone Biles (USA) of USA celebrates winning gold in the women's individual all-around final. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
2016 Rio Olympics - Artistic Gymnastics - Final - Women's Individual All-Around Final - Rio Olympic Arena - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 11/08/2016. Simone Biles (USA) of the United States competes on the uneven bars. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
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