Updated Aug 2, 2021 - Sports

Simone Biles will compete in her final Olympic event

Simone Biles
Team USA's Simone Biles watches the Women's uneven bars final from the stands at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre on the ninth day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images

Simone Biles will compete in the Olympic individual balance beam final, USA Gymnastics announced Monday.

Why it matters: This is Biles' last chance to add to her Olympic medals count, after she withdrew from five Tokyo Games gymnastics events to focus on her mental well-being.

What they're saying: "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!! Can’t wait to watch you both!" USA Gymnastics tweeted.

The big picture: The 24-year-old four-time Olympic gold medalist withdrew from last week's Olympic women's gymnastics team finals and the individual all-around finals. On Sunday, USA Gymnastics announced she would not be competing in the final floor exercise event.

What she's saying: Biles last Wednesday responded on Twitter to the support she's received following her decisions.

  • "[T]he outpouring love & support I’ve received has made me realize I’m more than my accomplishments and gymnastics which I never truly believed before," Biles said.

Go deeper: Simone Biles lauded for "bravery in prioritizing" mental wellness

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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