Updated 1838 GMT (0238 HKT) August 3, 2021
Simone Biles is back.
The American, who many consider the greatest gymnast of all time, won a bronze medal in the balance beam Tuesday to end her Tokyo Olympics on a high note. China’s Guan Chenchen won the gold, and China’s Tang Xijing won the silver.
Biles had pulled out of several Olympic events over the past week, citing mental health concerns. Specifically, she said she had “the twisties,” a mental block in gymnastics where competitors lose track of their positioning midair. She withdrew in the middle of the team all-around and then decided not to compete in the individual all-around. She also skipped finals in the vault, uneven bars and floor exercise.
Biles now has seven Olympic medals, tying her with Shannon Miller for the most all-time by an American gymnast. She won silver in last week’s team all-around, and she won four golds and a bronze in 2016. That bronze came in the balance beam.
“It’s been a very long week, a very long five years,” Biles said after Tuesday’s competition. “I didn’t expect to medal today. I just wanted to go out and do it for me, and that’s what I did.”
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