Simone Biles, who has pulled out of several events at the Tokyo Olympics citing the need to protect her mental health, will compete in the balance beam final, USA Gymnastics has said.
“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!” USA Gymnastics said in a statement.
The four-time Olympic gold medallist ruled herself out of the vault and uneven bars finals, as well as from the all-round final.
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!
— USA Gymnastics (@USAGym) August 2, 2021
She also removed herself from the team final on 27 July after a shaky performance on vault during the first rotation.
She watched on, cheering, as her three American teammates completed the team final without her, finishing second behind the Russian Olympic Committee.
Biles, 24, said she was dealing with issues surrounding air awareness, referred to as “the twisties” in symnastics.
She qualified for all five individual event finals but took herself out of four of them: the all-around, vault, floor exercise and uneven bars.
The balance beams final is on Tuesday. The gymnast won bronze on beam in Rio de Janeiro five years ago.
Biles has been praised for her bravery in confronting her challenges with mental health.
Max Whitlock, who has retained his Olympic pommel horse title, has praised “incredible” Biles for prioritising her mental health, describing her as the greatest of all time.
He told Sky Sports News: “She’s incredible and I think what she’s done out here shows a lot of strength.
“That’s probably one of the hardest things for her to do. It’s really difficult.”