Simone Biles will make her Olympic return when she competes in the balance beam final on Tuesday, USA gymnastics have confirmed
Simone Biles will return to action at the Tokyo Olympics in Tuesday’s balance beam final.
The gymnastics legend had pulled out of her last two events in the Japanese capital in order to protect her mental health.
But USA Gymnastics confirmed on Twitter Simone Biles would compete in the balance beam event.
They posted: “We are so excited to confirm that you will see two U.S. athletes in the balance beam final tomorrow – Suni Lee AND Simone Biles!! Can’t wait to watch you both!”
Biles, 24, has been flooded with messages of support and praised for her openness and honesty regarding her mental health after pulling out of the team final and the individual all-around event.
Simone Biles tweeted last week: “The outpouring love & support I’ve received has made me realize I’m more than my accomplishments and gymnastics which I never truly believed before.”
Simone Biles had previously asserted: “There is more to life than just gymnastics.”
Among those to offer support was swimming legend Michael Phelps, who won an incredible 23 Olympic gold medals in the pool.
“It’s so important, especially to teach kids at a young age to take control of their physical and mental health,” he said. “We’re human beings. Nobody is perfect.”
Golf star Rory McIlroy added: “I live in the United States and anything that came on the TV about the Olympics, it was Simone Biles.
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