With the feared "twisties" firmly in the rearview mirror, Simone Biles makes her long-awaited comeback to gymnastics in Chicago on Saturday. This might be the first step on the road to the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. The great athlete, 26, hasn't competed in an elite event since her turbulent Olympics campaign in Tokyo two years ago, which was postponed due to a pandemic.
One of the heroes of the Olympic sport, the four-time Olympic gold medalist and 19-time World Championships gold medalist landed in Japan. It was generally anticipated that she would successfully defend her 2016 Olympics all-around championship to cap off her legacy.
However, her plans for the campaign did not come to fruition. She had trouble the entire competition and had trouble getting underway in the preliminary qualifiers rounds. Later on, after suffering in the team competition's opening rounds, Biles admitted that she felt like she carried the "weight of the world on my shoulders." She withdrew, citing mental health difficulties. In gymnastics, the "twisties" is a condition that causes competitors to lose track of where they are in the air at any given time, which increases the danger of injury when they land.
While Biles ascribed her issues to this condition , some rumors claimed that she has overcome her obstacle and is prepared to make a stunning comeback to gymnastics. She was slated to compete in each of the four disciplines as of Friday. However, if rumors of her preparations are any indicator, Biles still has a lot to offer despite all attempts to slow down the hype train. She attended a US national team camp in Texas last month and, according to Gymternet, won the all-around competition by 3.5 points with a final score of 57.65.
The reigning Olympic all-around champion Sunisa Lee, who has struggled with a kidney-related health condition this year, will also make her competitive debut in this weekend's tournament in Chicago.