Simone Biles set to return to Olympic competition in gymnastics beam final


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 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.

Canadian Ellie Black, who suffers from an ankle injury in Tokyo, is also on the starting list.

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