Gymnastics superstar Simone Biles is returning to Olympic competition in Tokyo, a little over a week after dropping out of several events to focus on her mental health.
Biles will compete in the balance beam finals on Tuesday.
Via Twitter, Biles expressed her appreciation for fans supporting her decision to step away from the other events. “The outpouring love & support I’ve received has made me realize I’m more than my accomplishments and gymnastics which I never truly believed before.”
Biles and all-around Gold medal winner, Suni Lee will both compete on the balance beam apparatus. Suni Lee has already scored a Gold, Silver and Bronze.
Twitter Reacts To Simone Biles Dropping Out Of More Events
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Looks like I get to put a competition Leo on just one more time. Can’t wait to compete in vault finals. Doing this for us @Simone_Biles ❤️ It’s go time baby!— MyKayla Skinner (Harmer) (@mykaylaskinner) July 31, 2021
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An update on Simone Biles:— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) July 31, 2021
Just announced on NBC, Simone Biles withdraws from the Uneven Bars and Vault events. She will be replaced in Vault by MyKayla Skinner.
It is still unclear if she will compete in the other two individual events she's eligible for. #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/bmMuyOHqFI
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people tweeting “simone biles can’t handle the pressure 🙄” and their room looks like this pic.twitter.com/m9hpQe6CcE— matt (@mattxiv) July 31, 2021
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Bill Maher backs Simone Biles, rips 'armchair quarterbacks' attacking her: 'This is not a quitter' https://t.co/OIyAvZq4y1— Joseph A. Wulfsohn (@JosephWulfsohn) July 31, 2021
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People not wanting to accept Simone Biles being neurodivergent/ disabled proves the able normative view about disabilities.— Your Fav Disabled Hottie💋 (@Niyonce143) July 31, 2021
Being disabled doesn’t always mean being incapable of all things. It just mean there will be limitations.
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Simone Biles has withdrawn from vault and bars finals.— Justin Lee (@ByJustinLee) July 31, 2021
I think now's as good a time as any to share Auburn coach Jeff Graba's explanation of Biles' issues.
"Everybody who's been a gymnast understands that when 'the twisties' is brought up, everybody stops. It's a major issue." pic.twitter.com/hDHuNLpigi
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The same people yelling that Simone Biles should have done it for the team, refuse to wear a mask to save their neighbors’ lives…— Ryan Chase (@GunReformRyan) July 31, 2021
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Simone Biles is making the decision to look after her health. Our mental and emotional health is just as important as our physical,spiritual and financial health and I find it appalling anyone would be snarky about her personal decision. Happy Saturday y’all.— Stella Parton (@StellaParton) July 31, 2021
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Interesting to see if those who were so quick to condemn Simone Biles have anything to say about Ben Stokes.— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) July 31, 2021
It’s great that so many people are wishing Ben and his family all the best after he announced his indefinite break from cricket.
I hope we see them both back soon.
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I’m still struck to the bone at the GREATNESS we saw from #SimoneBiles this past week. We were granted the gift to see her strength, her vulnerability and her resounding STRENGTH once again.❤️What this champion has taught us is more valuable than any medal. pic.twitter.com/W0M9lxQq1u— Michelle Monaghan (@realmonaghan) July 31, 2021