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Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

U.S. gymnast Simone Biles made her Olympic return on Tuesday, winning bronze in the individual balance beam final.

Why it matters: Biles is now tied with Shannon Miller as the most decorated U.S. Olympic gymnast of all time, with seven total medals.

  • It's Biles' only individual medal at this year's Games, having dropped out of the three other event finals — as well as the all-around and team events — to prioritize her mental health.
  • U.S. gymnast Sunisa "Suni" Lee, who won gold in the individual all-around last week, failed to medal on the balance beam. China's Guan Chenchen and Tang Xijing won gold and silver, respectively.

The big picture: Biles, considered the greatest of all time, has won praise from athletes, commentators and fans for putting her mental wellness over all else at these Games.

  • Last week, she thanked her fans and supporters on Twitter, saying: "the 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 received a standing ovation from the other athletes after completing the event.
On the ground
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Biles hugs Team USA coach Cecile Canqueteau-Landi after her performance. Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images
Suni Lee and Simone Biles. Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

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

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Sep 13, 2021 - Sports

Star gymnasts to testify on FBI failures in Larry Nassar investigation

Photos (left to right): Maggie Nichols by Donald Miralle/Sports Illustrated; Simone Biles by Jamie Squire; Aly Raisman by Alex Livesey; and McKayla Maroney by Tim Clayton/Corbis; all via Getty Images

Elite gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols will testify on the FBI's handling of the Larry Nassar investigation before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday.

Why it matters: Nassar, the former Olympic Team USA gymnastics doctor, was sentenced to 40–175 years in prison in 2018 after over 160 women accused him of sexual abuse under the premise of medical treatment. The hearing follows a recent report documenting the FBI's failures to properly investigate allegations, which "enabled the continued abuse of dozens of additional victims," per a release from the committee.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
14 mins ago - World

Merkel's departure could bring influx of private investment

Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party chairman and candidate for the federal elections, Armin Laschet, in front of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Sept. 26. Photo: Clemens Bilan - Pool/Getty Images

Angela Merkel's departure from German government may result in a massive influx of private investment.

Driving the news: The center-left Social Democratic Party, led by chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz, clinched a narrow victory in Germany's federal elections. It now will seek to form a coalition government by year-end with the Greens and the Free Democrats.

Instagram pauses development of platform for kids

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Instagram announced Monday that it is pausing its plans to develop a version of its platform for children under 13.

Why it matters: Facebook has received backlash since the Wall Street Journal published a report that showed the company knew its Instagram app is harmful for teenagers.