Simone Biles plans to compete in balance beam final in Tokyo

Simone Biles plans to compete in balance beam final in Tokyo

 

Simone Biles plans to take part in the balance beam final at the Tokyo Olympics Tuesday, USA Gymnastics said. She pulled out of the other individual finals she qualified for, citing mental health issues.

The beam is her last chance to compete in the 2020 Games.

USA Gymnastics said Suni Lee will also compete in that final.

 

The 24-year-old Biles won bronze on beam in Rio de Janeiro five years ago and qualified for the eight-woman final at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre on the first weekend of the Games.

 

She removed herself from the team final on July 27 after a shaky performance on vault during the first rotation. She watched from the sidelines as her three American teammates completed the meet without her; the U.S. took silver behind the team known as the Russian Olympic Committee.

 

She removed herself from the team final on July 27 after a shaky performance on vault during the first rotation. She watched from the sidelines as her three American teammates completed the meet without her; the U.S. took silver behind the team known as the Russian Olympic Committee.

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“I can’t even fathom twisting. I seriously cannot comprehend how to twist,” Biles wrote on Instagram, attempting to explain how the twisties feel. “Strangest and weirdest thing as well as feeling.”

 

“It’s honestly petrifying trying to do a skill but not having your mind and body in sync,” she explained. “10/10 do not recommend.”

 

“Literally can not tell up from down. It’s the craziest feeling ever. Not having an inch of control over your body,” she continued. “What’s even scarier is since I have no idea where I am in the air I also have NO idea how I am going to land. Or what I am going to land on. Head/hands/feet back…”

 

Biles also continued to defend her decision to remove herself from competition for her own safety.

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