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Biles to Compete in Balance Beam Final in Tokyo Olympics

Superstar gymnast Simone Biles will participate Tuesday night in the balance beam final at the Tokyo Olympics, returning to competition after withdrawing from several events in the Games out of fear that she couldn’t safely perform.

Her return for Tuesday’s event, scheduled for 4:50 a.m. ET, was announced Monday by USA Gymnastics. It will mark her first competition since she withdrew from the first event of the women’s team finals Thursday.

The decorated athlete said she has been experiencing “the twisties,” a phenomenon in which gymnasts get disoriented while airborne. Her decision to step away out of concern for her mental health and physical safety was both lauded and derided in the national press and on social media.

Biles, who has cheered on her teammates from the stands throughout the Games, has yet to specifically comment about her return.

The history-making gymnast, who finished seventh overall on the beam in qualifiers, will join fellow American and all-around champ Sunisa Lee, who finished third, USA Today reported.

“We are so excited to confirm that you will see two U.S. athletes in the balance beam final tomorrow – Suni Lee AND Simone Biles!!” USA Gymnastics tweeted Monday morning. “Can’t wait to watch you both!”

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