Simone Biles, a four-time gold medalist, will compete in her final scheduled event, the balance beam final, at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, Aug. 3, a week after taking a break from the competition to focus on her mental health.

Biles, who won bronze on beam five years ago in Rio de Janeiro, qualified for the eight-woman final at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre on the first weekend of the Games.

On July 27, she withdrew from the team final after a weak performance on vault during the first rotation. She watched from the sidelines as her three American teammates finished the event without her; the U.S. finished second behind the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC).

USA Gymnastics explained, “Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue. She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.” Biles confessed that her mental “demons” had gotten the best of her and that “I have to focus on my mental health … I didn’t want to go out and do something stupid and get hurt.”

The following day, USA Gymnastics released a statement “After further medical evaluation, Simone Biles has withdrawn from the final individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games, in order to focus on her mental health.” They added, “Simone will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether or not to participate in next week’s individual event finals. We wholeheartedly support Simone’s decision and applaud her bravery in prioritizing her well-being. Her courage shows, yet again, why she is a role model for so many.”

The six-time Olympic medalist subsequently revealed that she was having trouble with her air awareness, which she refers to as “the twisties” in her sport.

Last week, she went into great detail about “the twisties,” outlining how she lost confidence in her ability to predict what her body would do in mid-air. 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.

Biles has already expressed her gratitude for the support she has received on July 29, writing, “The outpouring [of] love and support I’ve received has made me realize I’m more than my accomplishments and gymnastics which I never truly believed before.”

On Monday, USA Gymnastics announced, “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.

For Biles, finishing her second Olympics—and possibly her career—on the balance beam is poetic justice. She won bronze in Rio despite almost slipping mid-routine. It was her fifth Olympic medal. The other four were all gold.

Last week, athletes from all over the world had rallied around her, praising her courage for speaking out about the importance of mental health.

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