Days After Renouncing Certain Contention, Simone Biles Sends Silent Message for Competing in Paris Olympics 24

Published 01/12/2024, 10:00 AM EST

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The official roster for the U.S. gymnastics national team camp has seven-time Olympian Simone Biles, indicating that she may compete in the Summer Olympics. There is a discernible change in momentum, even if she stated in a recent interview that she wouldn’t be upset if she missed the opportunity to compete in the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, where Biles can surpass Shannon Miller as the US gymnast with the most Olympics medals.

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The Olympics mats haven’t always been a successful appearance for Biles who withdrew from the last Tokyo Olympics. After two-years hiatus, she returned with a rather clandestine US Classics performance showing off her honed skills one meet at a time.

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A recent Instagram update from USA Gymnastics and GK Elite, the American team’s longtime apparel sponsor, gave fans a glimpse inside the first U.S. women’s national team camp of the year. Few pictures were posted from the arena with the caption, “camp chronicles: first NTC of the year.” The first one featured 26 other gymnasts standing side by side, while Simone Biles and Joscelyn Roberson can be seen standing together.

 

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Just yesterday, Biles shared her thoughts on the Paris Olympics in a recent interview with Vanity Fair. “If i don’t make it to Paris, it won’t absolutely crush me,” she opined. Was this Biles being honest about the toll that athletics has had on her mental health? Since, in the Tokyo Olympics 2020-21, the ‘twisties’ episode compounded to her last-minute withdrawal from all the events.

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Simone experienced an online backlash that questioned her commitment and called her a “quitter” after she chose not to compete in many finals in Tokyo. Although, her mental health discussion gained much praise, prompting many athletes to speak up.

Despite all that, Biles overcame the labels and made a strong return last year to become one of the most decorated gymnasts in history.

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2023 was Simone Biles’ year of resurrection

The 26-year-old gymnast first competed in the Chicagoland area before her formal return to US Classics for fair input from international judges. This helped her adjust to the new regulations that the International Gymnastics Federation had implemented in her absence. In her first national championship, Biles broke a record that had stood for ninety years by the late Alfred Jochim and won her seventh national title.

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At Antwerp, she returned to her World’s debut venue a decade later, achieving a historic accomplishment by landing a Yurchenko double pike vault—now known as Biles II and her fifth named move. With 37 medals from Olympic and World Championship gymnastics, Biles is now the most successful gymnast of all time. Biles ended her year on a victorious note, with the excitement for 2024 Paris Olympics looming with each passing day!

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Divya Purohit

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