Gymnast competes within the steadiness beam finals
Simone Biles will compete in the balance beam finals on Tuesday, her first since leaving multiple competitions for psychological reasons, USA Gymnastics announced on Monday morning.
Last Tuesday, the superstar gymnast retired in the middle of the team final after tripping while landing in the jump. In a press conference that followed, Biles said that she hadn’t felt right mentally in the run-up to the event.
“I was just shaking, barely able to take a nap. I just never had this feeling when I was in a competition and I was trying to get out there and have fun,” said Biles.
On Wednesday USA Gymnastics announced that Biles had also withdrawn from the individual all-around competition “to focus on her mental health”.
“We wholeheartedly support Simone’s decision and applaud her courage to prioritize her well-being,” USA Gymnastics said in a statement at the time. “Her courage shows once again why she is a role model for so many.”
On Friday, Biles did a Q&A on Instagram and posted an exercise video to further explain what she went through. She explained that the mental block happened by chance the morning after the preliminary rounds.
“For anyone who says I stopped. I didn’t stop, my mind and body just are out of sync,” she wrote.
The balance beam final will be Biles’ only single shot for an Olympic medal.