Simone Biles will compete again at the Tokyo Games, returning to action in the balance beam final on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old has withdrawn from five events in Japan as she focusses on improving her mental health, pulling out of the women’s team final and then the individual all-around, vault, bars and floor finals.
However, she will be back on Tuesday, with USA Gymnastics confirming in a tweet: ‘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!! Can’t wait to watch you both!’
They feel like they have completely lost control of themselves and it can obviously be very dangerous when performing complicated skills.
Biles posted videos on Instagram demonstrating the problem in which she is attempting dismounts on the uneven bars. In the first, she gets through half a twist before stopping suddenly and landing flat on her back. In the second, she comes closer to landing but still falls.
‘I don’t think you realise how dangerous this is on hard/competition surface,’ Biles said alongside the video.
‘Sometimes I can’t even fathom twisting. I seriously cannot comprehend how to twist.’
Explaining the issue in a press conference, she said: ‘‘Literally can not tell up from down. It’s the craziest feeling ever. Not having an inch of control over your body.
‘What’s even scarier is since I have no idea where I am in the air I also have NO idea how I’m going to land, or what I’m going to land on. head/hands/feet/back.
‘It’s honestly petrifying trying to do a skill but not having your mind & body in sync. 10/10 do not recommend.’
Biles clearly feels that the issue will be less of a problem on the balance beam, an event she won bronze in at the 2016 Rio Games.
She won World Championship gold on the balance beam in 2014, ’15 and ’19, picking up two more bronze medals in ’13 and ’18.
Sunisa Lee will be looking to beat her American teammate to the top of the podium and add to the gold she won in the All-around.
The balance beam final will be at 9.50am UK time on Tuesday 3 August.
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