Simone Biles Will Return for the Balance Beam Final at the Tokyo Olympics

The 24-year-old gymnast had previously bowed out of other events to focus on her mental health.

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Simone Biles will soon be back in action at the Tokyo Olympics.

The 24-year-old gymnast, who had withdrawn from multiple events last week to focus on her mental health, will compete in Tuesday's balance beam final, the last event for women's gymnastics at the summer's Games, USA Gymnastics confirmed Monday. (

"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!" tweeted USA Gymnastics in a statement.

Biles, a six-time Olympic medalist, revealed on social media Friday that she had been struggling with the "twisties," a phenomenon that can cause a gymnast to lose their sense of dimension and space while in the air, according to BBC, and may potentially cause them to lose control of their body and do extra twists or flips while in the air. The condition could also lead to a gymnast being unable to land safely. "It's the craziest feeling ever. Not having an inch of control over your body," said Biles in a series of Instagram Stories. "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..."

For Biles, she began to feel the "twisties" after the preliminary competition in late July. She told her 6.2 million IG followers on Friday that there isn't a time frame in terms of how long the "twisties" can last. "Something you have to take literally day by day, turn by turn," explained Biles at the time.

Shortly after posting her candid Instagram messages Friday, it was announced over the weekend that Biles would skip the event finals for the vault and uneven bars. Her teammates, MyKayla Skinner and Suni Lee, won the silver and bronze medals in the competitions, respectively. Fellow Team USA gymnast, Jade Carey, also nabbed a gold medal in the floor exercise final on Monday. Biles had previously withdrawn from last week's team all-around final and the individual all-around final. Lee, the first Hmong-American Olympic gymnast, took gold in Thursday's individual event. (

Since speaking out about her mental health, Biles has received an outpouring of support from celebrities and fellow athletes, including former Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin. In a letter posted to her Instagram account last week, Liukin thanked Biles for "showing the depth of who you are beyond an athlete as a leader, role model, mental health warrior, and person."

"Thank you for illuminating that nobody is defined by the depth of their trophy case, and that you don't owe anything to anyone but yourself and the pursuit of happiness," wrote Liukin. "Thank you for taking the sport of gymnastics to new heights as the unanimous GOAT. No one will be remembered for any single routine, competition, or medal. You, however, will undeniably be remembered by many for the compassion and bravery shown here in Tokyo. You came here as a gymnast, and you're leaving as a hero."

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