Simone Biles Returns to Tokyo Olympics to Compete in Balance Beam originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
After withdrawing from the first three individual apparatus finals, Simone Biles has announced she will compete in the final event in women’s Olympic gymnastics: balance beam.
The six-time Olympic medalist has not competed since removing herself from the team final on July 27 to focus on her mental and physical health.
Since then, Biles has been training with the hope of returning to competition. In a series of Instagram Stories Friday, Biles explained she has previously experienced “the twisties,” which usually take about two weeks for her to get over.
Biles looks to improve on 2016 Rio bronze
Biles qualified for every women’s gymnastic event in Tokyo, but will have only competed in two: the team all-around and now balance beam. Biles does have plenty of experience in balance beam, and if she has indeed returned to form, will contend for a medal. Biles is a three-time World Championships gold medalist in balance beam, and won bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Remaining Tokyo Olympics schedule for Simone Biles
Women's gymnastics schedule in Tokyo Olympics
To watch Biles' return to competition and the rest of the gymnastics events, click the links below.
Event finals for women’s floor exercise: Monday, Aug. 2, 4 a.m. ET (Stream)
Event finals for women’s balance beam: Tuesday, Aug. 3, 4 a.m. ET (Stream)
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