Simone Biles is returning to contention successful Tokyo.
The 2016 Olympic champion volition vie successful the equilibrium beam finals connected Tuesday, a small implicit a week after stepping distant from the meet to absorption connected her intelligence health.
"We are truthful excited to corroborate that you volition spot 2 U.S. athletes successful the equilibrium beam last time — Suni Lee AND Simone Biles!! Can't hold to ticker you both!" USA Gymnastics said successful a statement.
The 24-year-old Biles won bronze connected beam successful Rio de Janeiro 5 years agone and qualified for the eight-woman last astatine the Ariake Gymnastics Centre connected the archetypal play of the Games.
She removed herself from the squad last connected July 27 aft a shaky show connected vault during the archetypal rotation. She watched from the sidelines arsenic her 3 American teammates completed the conscionable without her; the U.S. took metallic down the squad known arsenic the Russian Olympic Committee.
Biles aboriginal said she was dealing with issues surrounding aerial awareness, referred to arsenic "the twisties" successful her sport.
Biles qualified for each 5 idiosyncratic lawsuit finals but took herself retired of 4 of them: the all-around, vault, level workout and uneven bars. Lee earned the golden successful the all-around, becoming the 5th consecutive American to assertion the sport's marquee title.
Considered to beryllium the top gymnast of all-time and the unquestioned look of the U.S. Olympic question erstwhile she arrived successful Japan, Biles continued to bid and beryllium evaluated regular by the USA Gymnastics unit aft opting retired of aggregate finals. She has besides been a fixture successful the stands supporting Lee, MyKayla Skinner and Jade Carey portion they competed successful the lawsuit finals.
She went into extended item astir "the twisties" past week, explaining she mislaid the assurance of knowing what her assemblage was going to bash successful midair. It's not the archetypal clip Biles dealt with the problem, though she did accidental the issues followed her to some uneven bars and beam. Previous bouts with the improvement were constricted to level workout and vault, wherever much twisting elements are required.
Finishing her 2nd Olympics — and possibly her vocation — connected equilibrium beam is poetic justness of sorts for Biles. She got bronze successful Rio contempt grabbing the 4-inch portion of wood that's 4 feet disconnected the crushed erstwhile she astir slipped mid-routine. It was her 5th medal astatine the Games. The different 4 were gold.
Biles has called the bronze the medal she earned successful Brazil that she's proudest of, and she's taken to task those who called it a disappointment, utilizing it arsenic impervious to the treble modular she believes follows her whenever she competes.
Athletes from each implicit — some astatine the Olympics and elsewhere — person rallied astir her implicit the past week, praising her courageousness for speaking up astir the value of intelligence health.
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