Simone Biles wins bronze on the stability beam on the Tokyo Olympics
Simone Biles won a bronze medal in the balance beam finals in gymnastics on Tuesday, her first competition since she retired from several competitions for psychological reasons.
Last Tuesday, Biles left in the middle of the team final after tripping on the jump. On Wednesday USA Gymnastics announced that Biles had also withdrawn from the individual all-around competition “to focus on her mental health”.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.”
As the Olympics continued, it was unclear whether Biles would be able to compete again, but on Monday USA Gymnastics announced that it would return to the Olympic stage on the balance beam on Tuesday – the last women’s gymnastics tournament of the Games.
Biles dismounted safely while her teammates cheered her on. She scored 14,000 points, which earned Biles her seventh Olympic medal. This links her to Shannon Miller for the most Olympic medals in US gymnastics history.
“I was proud of myself just going out there after what I’d been through,” Biles said afterwards.
Biles also won bronze on the balance beam at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio – along with four gold medals during those games.
This year’s bronze was “definitely sweeter,” said Biles. “I’ll appreciate this one a lot more after everything I’ve been through,” she said.
“It means more than gold because I’ve pushed through so much in the past five years and the last week I’ve been here,” Biles told the Today Show.
The Chinese Guan Chenchen and Tang Xijing won gold and silver respectively.