Courageously, the American gymnast Simone Biles returned to the beam on Tuesday to win a bronze medal and conclude her Tokyo Olympics on a high note.
End of the ordeal for Simone Biles. The American, who came to the Tokyo Games to win everything, will leave Japan with only two medals around her neck. None are in gold but the essential is surely elsewhere for the 24-year-old gymnast, who overcame her “demons” to go and win a new Olympic charm on Tuesday. The seventh of his career, all the same.
After the money obtained in an all-around team competition from which she withdrew because she no longer felt able to handle the pressure and because she had lost her bearings, she decided to get back on the mat and line up with the beam. Not her favorite apparatus, but Simone Biles obviously wanted to not stick to her all-around, floor, vault and uneven bars packages.
In courage, the native of Columbus obtained a score of 14,000 (6,100 in difficulty, 7,900 in execution), and was only beaten by the two competitors, the Chinese Chenchen Guan (14,633) and Xijing Tang (14,233). This bronze, the same as that brought back from Beijing in the specialty, is a victory over itself for the American star, who ends his Olympics with a smile. It suits her so well.