Simone Biles will compete in Tuesday’s balance beam final, the final women’s event in the Tokyo Olympics gymnastics program, officials confirmed on Monday.
“We are delighted to confirm that you will see two American athletes in the beam final tomorrow – Suni Lee AND Simone Biles !! Can’t wait to see you both!” USA Gymnastics said in a statement.
It will be the first time the American will be seen competing in Tokyo after her withdrawal from last Tuesday’s women’s team final after her first jump, citing mental health concerns.
The 24-year-old American, who won four gold medals at the Rio Games in 2016, dropped out of the all-around, floor exercise, vault and uneven bars finals.
Biles is the reigning world champion on beam and won an Olympic bronze medal on apparatus in Rio.
Biles suffered a confidence crisis in Tokyo as she faced the “twisties” – where gymnasts are disoriented during their gravity-defying streaks.
“It’s honestly petrifying trying to do a skill but not having your mind and body in sync,” Biles explained in an Instagram story, in which she answered questions from fans and shared videos of coaching.
While several difficult acrobatic skills must be performed on the beam, the rapid tumbling and aerial spin maneuvers are limited on the apparatus, giving Biles the opportunity to add to the team silver medal she won last week.
Although not competing, Biles has been a constant presence at the Ariake Gymnastics Center over the past week to support her American teammates. Biles cheered on Sunisa Lee, who succeeded her as the Olympic all-around champion, and Mykayla Skinner, who replaced her in Sunday’s women’s vault final and won silver.