Has Simone Biles Quit Gymnastics Ahead of Paris Olympics 2024?

Published 10/05/2021, 3:30 AM EDT
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 14: Simone Biles of the United States looks on prior to the Women’s Vault Final on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)


Simone Biles is arguably one of the greatest gymnasts to have ever graced the mat. Even though she’s just 24 years old, Biles is already one of the most decorated Olympians in the history of the games.

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Earlier this year, Biles arrived in Tokyo as a favorite to win gold for America at the mega-quadrennial games. However, she suffered a rare case of the ‘twisties’ during the women’s team final. Following the incident, young Biles withdrew from three consecutive finals, citing mental health concerns.

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This admission from Biles didn’t just shock the world but also cast doubt on her future. Notably, it led many to wonder: has the American left gymnastics altogether?

Simone Biles revealed she wanted to leave before the Tokyo Olympics

Although Biles withdrew from three finals in Tokyo, she brought a key issue into the spotlight. Following her withdrawal from this year’s Summer Olympic Games, millions across the world engaged themselves in conversations around the importance of mental health.

However, the pressure she faced while in the Japanese capital clearly took a toll on the Olympian. During a recent interaction with Sports Illustrated, the 24-year-old revealed she shouldn’t have made the Olympic team this year. Notably, she brought up her testing times through the infamous Larry Nassar scandal as the reason she wanted to compete in Tokyo.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Gymnastics – Artistic – Women’s Team – Final – Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Tokyo, Japan – July 27, 2021. Simone Biles of the United States during the Women’s Team Final REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

She said“If you looked at everything I’ve gone through for the past seven years, I should have never made another Olympic team. I should have quit way before Tokyo, when Larry Nassar was in the media for two years. It was too much. But I was not going to let him take something I’ve worked for since I was 6 years old.”

She also spoke about her ongoing recovery as she tries to find her best headspace again. “This will probably be something I work through for 20 years,” said the gymnast. “No matter how much I try to forget. It’s a work in progress.”

In her recent appearances, Biles looked shaky and unsure when questioned about her future. With the events in Tokyo well in the past, Biles has significant time on her hands to make a crucial decision.

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In Tokyo, the 24-year-old won a silver medal in the women’s team event. Although she withdrew midway through the final, her teammates pulled through to secure second place behind the Russian Olympic Committee. Biles also secured a bronze medal in the balance beam event, the only other final she contested in.

TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 03: Simone Biles of Team United States poses with the bronze medal during the Women’s Balance Beam Final medal ceremony on day eleven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on August 03, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

She has seven Olympic medals from two appearances. However, she believes there is unfinished business on the biggest sporting stage in the world, which could engage her focus to prepare for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

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Currently, Biles is on the ‘Gold Over America’ tour, which includes a series of performances across the country. The tour started on September 21st and will end on November 7th.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, 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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