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Biles coming back to compete in beam final

TOKYO — After previously withdrawing from the all-around competition and the three other event finals, Simone Biles will be competing in Tuesday’s balance beam final at the Olympic Games.

USA Gymnastics confirmed Biles would be participating with a tweet on Monday.

Biles said she has been experiencing the “twisties,” since the team finals last week. She withdrew from the competition following vault, the first event, and has not competed since. The team had said she would be evaluated every day and they would be making decisions accordingly about her competition status.

In a series of posts to her Instagram story on Friday, Biles said she was still experiencing the phenomenon, in which gymnasts feel like they get lost in the air, and said her “mind and body are simply not in sync.”

She withdrew from Monday’s floor final on Sunday and the team said her status for beam — the last event — was uncertain.

However her teammate MyKayla Skinner, who replaced her in the vault final on Sunday, said she believed Biles would be competing on Tuesday.

“Yeah, I think so,” Skinner said. “I don’t know for sure. It’s kind of up to her. So that’s the game plan.”

Biles, 24, won bronze on beam in Rio in 2016, and is the three-time world champion on the event. She has been in attendance at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre to cheer on her teammates at every competition since — including on Monday during the floor final which started moments after the news broke.


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