HEAT ALERT

Extreme heat blankets the region starting tomorrow and could last until the weekend

American star Simone Biles to return for balance beam finals

Simone Biles is returning to competition in Tokyo.

Associated Press

Aug 2, 2021, 8:59 AM

Updated 1,050 days ago

Share:

Simone Biles is back.
The 2016 Olympic gymnastics champion will return to competition in the balance beam final on Tuesday, a little over a week after stepping away from the meet to focus on her mental health.
“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 24-year-old Biles won bronze on beam in Rio de Janeiro five years ago and qualified for the eight-woman final at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre on the first weekend of the Games.
She removed herself from the team final on July 27 after a shaky performance on vault during the first rotation. She watched from the sidelines as her three American teammates completed the meet without her; the U.S. took silver behind the team known as the Russian Olympic Committee.
The six-time Olympic medalist later said she was dealing with issues surrounding air awareness, referred to as “the twisties” in her sport.
Biles qualified for all five individual event finals but took herself out of four of them: the all-around, vault, floor exercise and uneven bars. Lee earned the gold in the all-around, becoming the fifth straight American to claim the sport's marquee title.
Considered to be the greatest gymnast of all time and the unquestioned face of the U.S. Olympic movement when she arrived in Japan, Biles continued to train and be evaluated daily by the USA Gymnastics staff after opting out of multiple finals. She has also been a fixture in the stands supporting Lee, MyKayla Skinner and Jade Carey while they competed in the event finals.
She went into extensive detail about “the twisties” last week, explaining she lost the confidence of knowing what her body was going to do in midair. It's not the first time Biles dealt with the problem, though she did say the issues followed her to both uneven bars and beam.
Previous bouts with the phenomenon were limited to floor exercise and vault, where more twisting elements are required.
“I'm really proud of her for coming back,” said American Jade Carey, who won gold on floor exercise Monday while Biles watched surrounded by the rest of the U.S. women's team. “She's been through a lot this Olympics so I'm really proud and happy to see her going after beam.”
Finishing her second Olympics - and perhaps her career - on balance beam is poetic justice of sorts for Biles. She got bronze in Rio despite grabbing the 4-inch piece of wood that's 4 feet off the ground when she almost slipped mid-routine. It was her fifth medal at the Games. The other four were gold.
Biles has called the bronze the medal she earned in Brazil that she's proudest of, and she's taken to task those who called it a disappointment, using it as proof to the double standard she believes follows her whenever she competes.
Athletes from all over - both at the Olympics and elsewhere - have rallied around her over the past week, praising her courage for speaking up about the importance of mental health.
By WILL GRAVES
AP Sports Writer
(Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.)
 


More from News 12
2:20
HEAT ALERT: Nearly all Mid-Hudson under heat advisory Tuesday

HEAT ALERT: Nearly all Mid-Hudson under heat advisory Tuesday

2:23
Westchester County preps for intense heat

Westchester County preps for intense heat

2:04
Yonkers police sergeant accused of excessively kicking and punching man during arrest

Yonkers police sergeant accused of excessively kicking and punching man during arrest

2:04
John Oliver eats giant Deising's cake bear, pledges $10K donation to Peoples' Place of Kingston, NY

John Oliver eats giant Deising's cake bear, pledges $10K donation to Peoples' Place of Kingston, NY

1:54
Lawmakers, environmentalists call on Gov. Hochul to reject natural gas expansion project

Lawmakers, environmentalists call on Gov. Hochul to reject natural gas expansion project

1:33
Exclusive: Workplace probe finds allegations by 3 women against ex-City of Newburgh police chief ‘not supported’

Exclusive: Workplace probe finds allegations by 3 women against ex-City of Newburgh police chief ‘not supported’

1:06
Officials: Harriman sewage treatment plant at or near maximum capacity

Officials: Harriman sewage treatment plant at or near maximum capacity

0:39
State DOT approves permit for turn signal at high-traffic intersection in South Blooming Grove

State DOT approves permit for turn signal at high-traffic intersection in South Blooming Grove

0:18
Caught on camera: Water main break creates geyser in New City

Caught on camera: Water main break creates geyser in New City

0:21
Caught on camera: Bear approaches Orange County woman's home

Caught on camera: Bear approaches Orange County woman's home

1:54
Turn to Tara: Weight loss drug craze fuels surge in online scams

Turn to Tara: Weight loss drug craze fuels surge in online scams

1:01
Headlines: Saugerties Halloween murder, firefighter arson, political campaign theft

Headlines: Saugerties Halloween murder, firefighter arson, political campaign theft

0:41
Newburgh city hall reopens after cybersecurity attack

Newburgh city hall reopens after cybersecurity attack

0:27
Orange County unveils new logo, slogan and mascot

Orange County unveils new logo, slogan and mascot

0:20
Saw Mill River Parkway reopens after tractor-trailer hits Pleasantville overpass

Saw Mill River Parkway reopens after tractor-trailer hits Pleasantville overpass

0:23
Police: Man shot multiple times in Newburgh; suspect sought

Police: Man shot multiple times in Newburgh; suspect sought

1:45
Legislation aimed at keeping schools from overheating awaits governor's signature

Legislation aimed at keeping schools from overheating awaits governor's signature

2:02
 A potential heat wave is coming. These sunscreen tips can save your skin

A potential heat wave is coming. These sunscreen tips can save your skin

Your Hudson Valley Graduation Photos

Your Hudson Valley Graduation Photos

1:52
Annual Juneteenth celebration draws crowds to Wolf's Lane Park in Pelham

Annual Juneteenth celebration draws crowds to Wolf's Lane Park in Pelham