Simone Biles returns to Olympics, wins bronze in beam final

8/3/2021 10:56:26 AM EST

Simone Biles won a bronze medal in the women's balance beam final at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, returning to competition after a week away as she faced mental health issues.

Guan Chenchen, a 16-year-old from China, won with a score of 14.633. Tang Xijing (14.233), also of China, won the silver ahead of Biles (14.000).

After taking part in team and individual qualifying events, Biles temporarily abandoned her pursuit for medals when she withdrew from the team competition after one event last Tuesday. She said she was suffering from "the twisties," a loss of awareness in the air, which she attributed to mental health.

Biles, 24, did not compete in the other events for which she had qualified -- the all-around individual competition, the vault, the uneven bars and floor. While it was thought before the start of the Olympics that she could walk away from Tokyo as many as five gold medals, she leaves with a silver and a bronze.

And after the beam event, she was delighted with the bronze.

"It wasn't easy pulling out of all those competitions," Biles said. "People just thought it was easy, but I physically and mentally was not in the right head space, and I didn't want to jeopardize my health and my safety because at the end of the day, it's not worth it.

"My mental and physical health is above all medals that I could ever win. So to be clear, to do beam, which I didn't think I was going to be, just meant the world to be back out there. And I wasn't expecting to walk away with the medal. I was just going out there doing this for me."

The two Tokyo medals put Biles into a tie with Shannon Miller for the most medals ever by an American gymnast. She now has seven after winning four golds and a bronze medal in her Olympics debut in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

--Filed Level Media

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