Simone Biles Will Compete In The Balance Beam Finals
Good news! Simone Biles will indeed compete in Tuesday’s (8/3) balance beam final at the Olympic Games. She previously withdrew from the all-around competition and three event finals.
USA Gymnastics confirmed Biles would be participating with a tweet on Monday. They shared, “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!”
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!— USA Gymnastics (@USAGym) August 2, 2021
According to ESPN, Biles said she had been experiencing the “twisties” since the team finals last week. She withdrew from the competition following vault, the first event, and has not competed since. The team said she would be evaluated every day and that it would be making decisions accordingly about her competition status.
Biles withdrew from Monday’s (8/2) floor final on Sunday, and the team said her status for beam — the last event — was uncertain.
However, her teammate MyKayla Skinner, who replaced her in the vault final on Sunday, said she believed Biles would compete Tuesday.
24-year-old Biles won bronze on beam in Rio in 2016 and is the three-time world champion on the event.
She has been in attendance at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre to cheer on her teammates at every competition since — including Monday during the floor final, which started moments after the news broke.