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Simone Biles Will Return For The Olympic Balance Beam Final

“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!!” USA Gymnastics said. Biles has withdrawn from other events.

U.S. gymnastics star Simone Biles, shown here last week, will compete in the balance beam final at the Tokyo Games on Tuesday.

U.S. star gymnast Simone Biles will return for the final women’s artistic gymnastic event of the Tokyo Olympics, after multiple withdrawals to focus on her mental health.

“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!!” USA Gymnastics said. “Can’t wait to watch you both!”

The decision to compete was announced Monday immediately before the floor exercise final was set to begin. Biles had opted to skip that event.

Last Tuesday, Biles, 24, shocked the world by withdrawing from the team final after performing just one vault. She later said that she had a case of the “twisties” — a sensation of losing her position in the air.

Biles will join her teammate Sunisa Lee, who won gold in the marquee individual competition last week, to compete in the final gymnastics event of the Games — the balance beam on Tuesday.

The event will give her a chance to win gold in Tokyo, where she had been expected to repeat or better her performance in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, where she won four gold medals.

The beam, however, was not her strongest performance at Rio — her first Olympic competition. Biles won bronze on the beam competition, losing points on the exercise after slipping and having to grab the beam to maintain balance.

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