Okay, I am probably going to get a lot of shit for this, but, to me, it seems like the decision to withdraw from the Olympics mid-event is just a choke? I don't really understand how quitting on your team, who will likely only ever get to go to one Olympics, is considered brave. There have been tons of discussions on burnout and the impacts on mental and physical health in this forum, but I view this situation as something entirely different. Hoards of normal people have jobs they hate, working long hours with no sense of purpose, and then you have a multi-millionaire athlete, who will likely never have to work a real job a day in their life, crumble under pressure in a clutch moment, and they get called a "hero". Seems a bit backwards.
There have been countless times in history when athletes had to overcome adversity and step up when it mattered most. Tom Brady against the falcons, MJ in the flu game, Kerri Strug on a busted leg, Kobe at the line with a torn achilles, Isiah Thomas in the playoffs after his sister died, Charles Leclerc winning at Baku after his dad died, Curt Schilling in the bloody sock game, Dale Jr. racing after his dad was killed, Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines, etc, etc, etc. Michael Phelps was under just as much, if not more pressure and still performed. To parade around and call yourself the "goat" and then pull out from the competition when its game time is incredibly soft in my opinion.
The media in general is always harping on about "privilege", but seriously, what an incredibly privileged thing to do. Sometimes its about rising to the occasion and shooting your shot regardless of the outcome. This doesn't apply to only sports, but everything. Do you think an MD who walks out of a pitch because he's too nervous will win any mandates? No. Normal people don't have the luxury of quitting when things gets hard. They've got families to feed, bills to pay, and typically don't have a choice. I don't care if you are the most talented person in the world - if you can't perform on the biggest stage when it counts, then maybe you're not a champion.