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Simone Biles Returning for Balance Beam Final

USA Gymnastics said Monday that Biles would do the last event final, balance beam, scheduled for Tuesday night. It will be her first competition since she withdrew from the women’s team final.

Biles is the reigning world champion on balance beam, and also won a bronze medal on the event at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She is up third in the eight-person 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,” spokesperson Carol Fabrizio said in a statement.

Biles came to Tokyo as the biggest star of these Olympics, projected to win a record five gold medals. But she developed a case of “the twisties,” a loss of air awareness that can have catastrophic consequences for a gymnast.

“Honestly petrifying trying to do a skill but not having your mind & body in sync. 10/10 do not recommend,” Biles wrote Friday in an Instagram post in which she explained in detail the issues she’s been having.

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