After withdrawing from the Tokyo Olympics last week due to ‘medical issues’, the Olympics took to Twitter to confirm that Simone Biles is making her return to the Games on August 3 for the women’s balance beam final, alongside Team USA teammate and gold medalist Suni Lee.
🌟 @simone_biles celebrating at Rio 2016!
— Olympics (@Olympics) August 3, 2021
The 24-year-old missed out on three individual events she qualified for, which means that the upcoming balance beam will be her last chance to claim gold.
When Biles cited ‘medical issues’ as her reason for withdrawing from the women’s team gymnastics final, the athlete revealed that she decided to drop out due to mental health concerns.
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‘It’s okay sometimes to even sit out the big competitions to focus on yourself, because it shows how strong of a competitor and person that you really are, rather than just battle through it,’ she explained.
This came shortly after Biles exited the competition floor after performing her vault routine. The athlete seemed to have made some last-minute changes to her routine and even stumbled upon landing, resulting in a 13.766 score, which is uncharacteristically low for the gymnast.
Biles’s teammates, Jordan Chiles, Suni Lee and Grace McCallum, continued in the finals without her, clinching silver for Team U.S.A. Winning gold, Russia finished three points ahead of the U.S., while Britain earned bronze.