2021-08-03 22:25:34 Simone Biles Wins Bronze On Balance Beam At Tokyo Olympics
Simone Biles Wins Bronze On Balance Beam At Tokyo Olympics
Simone Biles won a bronze medal in the gymnastics balance beam final on Tuesday, her first event since withdrawing from several competitions due to mental health issues.
Biles left the team final in the middle of it last Tuesday after stumbling during the vault. USA Gymnastics announced on Wednesday that Biles had also withdrawn from the individual all-around competition “in order to focus on her mental health.”
“We wholeheartedly support Simone’s decision and applaud her bravery in prioritizing her well-being,” USA Gymnastics said at the time. “Her courage shows, yet again, why she is a role model for so many.”
As the rest of the Olympics went on, it was unclear whether Biles would be able to compete again, but USA Gymnastics announced on Monday that she would return to the Olympic stage on the balance beam on Tuesday — the final women’s gymnastics event of the Games.
Biles dismounted safely as her teammates applauded. Biles won her seventh Olympic medal with a score of 14.000. This ties her for the most Olympic medals in US gymnastics history with Shannon Miller.
“I was proud of myself just to go out there after what I’ve been through,” Biles said later.
Biles also won bronze on the balance beam at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, in addition to four gold medals.
This year’s bronze medal was “definitely sweeter,” according to Biles. “I’ll treasure this one a lot more after everything I have been through,” she said.
“It means more than all of the golds because I’ve pushed through so much in the last five years and the last week while I’ve even been here,” Biles told Today.
Guan Chenchen and Tang Xijing of China won gold and silver, respectively.