Simone Biles Enjoys a Cocktail-Filled Vacation After Returning Home From the Tokyo Olympics

Published 08/09/2021, 1:45 PM EDT
Simone Biles smiles at a teammate during the final day of women’s competition in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for gymnastics in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., June 27, 2021. Picture taken June 27, 2021. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson


If there is one athlete who went through a world of emotions in the Tokyo Olympics, it’s Simone Biles. The 24-year-old arrived in the capital city carrying massive expectations after stunning the world in the Rio Olympics.

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However, the recent Games didn’t turn out to be a repeat of 2016 for Biles. Midway through the team final, Biles lost awareness mid-air while performing on her speciality, the vault. After this incident, she withdrew from her individual finals but returned to perform in the balance beam final.

With a silver medal in the team event and a bronze medal in the balance beam event, Biles endured a turbulent time in Tokyo. However, with the Games now over, it’s time for all athletes to take a breather after two weeks of intense competition.

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Returning to her home in Texas, Biles took to social media to share snippets of her vacation.

Simone Biles treats herself to cocktails after returning from the Tokyo Olympics

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the postponement of the Games by an entire year. Although Tokyo welcomed athletes from all over the globe to compete, organisers placed several protocols to ensure they could conduct the Games safely.

One of those protocols stated athletes need to leave the Olympic Village within 48 hours of their last competitive appearance in Tokyo. Hence, Biles returned home just before the weekend, and took the time to relax.

She took to Instagram to share a few posts summing up first few days since returning from Tokyo. In those posts, she spent time beside the pool along with a cocktail. Wearing a bikini with vivid colors, the decorated gymnast put out a caption which read, “Sweet like candy.”

Despite the 14-hour time difference between Tokyo and Texas, Biles seems to have shrugged off the effects of jetlag quickly. She also found time to attend her boyfriend, Jonathan Owens’ practice sessions, which she also posted.

Owens, who plays safety for the Houston Texans, will look to be fit for their first preseason game against the Green Bay Packers this Sunday.

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What’s next for Biles?

Although the Olympics are now in the past, the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships are the next major tournament on the calendar. The world’s best gymnasts will return to Japan in October to take part in the tournament.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Gymnastics – Artistic – Men’s Rings – Medal Ceremony – Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Tokyo, Japan – August 2, 2021. Simone Biles of the United States wearing a protective face mask looks on REUTERS/Mike Blake TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

With 19 gold medals, Biles has the most gold medals of any gymnast in the tournament. However, given the events that unfolded in Tokyo, it seems she could skip the tournament in order to prepare for the future, which includes the 2024 Paris Olympics.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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