After sitting out several events to focus on her mental health, the 24-year-old gymnast returned to Olympic competition on Tuesday, August 3, to participate in the balance beam final. Her comeback performance, which ended in an incredible double pike dismount, earned her a score of 14.000 and the bronze medal. So, as the GOAT heads home, she'll be taking with her the bronze individual medal, as well as the team's silver medal from earlier in the competition.
Simone's teammate Suni Lee, who won gold in the individual all-around competition on July 29, finished in fifth place in the balance beam final. Meanwhile, gymnast Guan Chenchen took to the top spot with a score of 14.633 and Tang Xijing followed close behind with 14.233.
It was just yesterday that USA Gymnastics announced Simone's return to the mat, sharing that the athlete would compete in the event, alongside teammate Suni.
"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!!" the official USA Gymnastics account tweeted. "Can't wait to watch you both!"
Following the announcement, Olympian Laurie Hernandez told Today that it made sense for Simone to resume competing, as the balance beam is the "safest" option for someone suffering a case of the twisties. "For starters, it is upright," she explained. "When you are on bars, you are swinging upside down consistently."
This gave Simone her final shot at getting an individual medal at the Tokyo Olympics after sitting out the vault, uneven bars and floor exercise, in addition to the team and individual all-around events.
Revisit Simone's Olympic journey below:
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