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October 21, 2021
Simone Biles reveals her aunt unexpectedly died during the Olympics

Simone Biles reveals her aunt unexpectedly died during the Olympics

Simone Biles bounces back

US gymnast Simone Biles competes in the balance beam final on Tuesday, August 3. She won the bronze in her much-anticipated return to competition.

Simone Biles bounces back

Biles scored an even 14.000 points in Tuesday’s competition, with a 6.1 in difficulty and 7.9 in execution. Gold medalist Guan Chenchen finished at 14.633, and silver medalist Tang Xijing had a score of 14.233.

Simone Biles bounces back

From left, Tang, Guan and Biles pose with their medals.

Simone Biles bounces back

Biles performs her beam routine on Tuesday. She also won bronze in this event at the 2016 Olympics.

Simone Biles bounces back

This was Biles’ first competition since she withdrew from the team all-around last week.

Simone Biles bounces back

Biles was the third of eight gymnasts to compete on the beam Tuesday.

Simone Biles bounces back

The International Gymnastics Federation said Biles’ set consisted of the following: “3/1 wolf turn. Front aerial, jumps. Back handspring to two layout stepouts. Switch to switch 1/2, pause, back pike. Side aerial. And two back handsprings to terrific double pike dismount!”

Simone Biles bounces back

Before starting her routine, Biles took some deep breathes as the crowd began to get excited.

Simone Biles bounces back

Biles begins her routine on Tuesday.

Simone Biles bounces back

Biles had pulled out of several events over the past week, citing mental health concerns. “Physically and mentally it was not safe for me to do (other events) because I could not do the skills without jeopardizing my health and safety,” Biles said after her balance beam bronze. She said “the only reason why I could do beam was because there was no twisting. So, thank God for that.”

Simone Biles bounces back

Biles prepares to start her routine.

Simone Biles bounces back

Biles reacts after her routine. When she was done, she received a standing ovation.

Simone Biles bounces back

Simone Biles bounces back

Biles claps after finishing her routine Tuesday.

Simone Biles bounces back

Coach Cecile Canqueteau-Landi congratulates Biles as it becomes evident she will earn a medal.

Simone Biles bounces back

Biles watches Tang and Guan embrace after the event.

Simone Biles bounces back

Biles poses with her bronze medal Tuesday. “It definitely feels more special, this bronze, than the balance beam bronze at Rio,” she said. “I will cherish it for a long time.” Biles now has seven Olympic medals, tying her with Shannon Miller for the most by an American gymnast.

Simone Biles bounces back

Biles sits next to coach Cecile Canqueteau-Landi during the warm-up Tuesday.

Simone Biles bounces back

Biles waves to the crowd prior to the event. Biles and Lee got the loudest cheer as the athletes were introduced to the crowd.

Simone Biles bounces back

“It’s been a very long week, a very long five years,” Biles said. “I didn’t expect to medal today. I just wanted to go out and do it for me, and that’s what I did.”