Simone Biles wins seventh career Olympic medal in Tokyo
The United States gymnast made a glorious return and she has now tied Shannon Miller for the most Olympic medals won by an American in gymnastics.
Simone Biles decided to opt out from the finals on vault, uneven bars and floor exercise and the all-around because she decided to take a break for her mental health. On Tuesday “the wire just snapped” and the US gymnast made her return to win bronze in the women’s balance beam competition.
Biles adds another Olympic medal
Biles won her seventh career Olympic medal and in doing so tied Shannon Miller for the most by an American in gymnastics. She received a huge ovation from her teammates and those people present at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre.
"It wasn't easy pulling out of all those competitions," Biles said. "People just thought it was easy, but I physically and mentally was not in the right headspace, and I didn't want to jeopardize my health and my safety because at the end of the day, it's not worth it.
"My mental and physical health is above all medals that I could ever win. So to be clear, to do beam, which I didn't think I was going to be, just meant the world to be back out there. And I wasn't expecting to walk away with the medal. I was just going out there doing this for me."
"We're not just entertainment, we're humans," she said. "And there are things going on behind the scenes that we're also trying to juggle with as well, on top of sports."
Biles finished with a 14.000 score to take bronze behind Chinese gymnasts Chenchen Guan (14.633) and Xijing Tang (14.233)
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