Simone Biles has her sights set on the Paris Olympics in 2024.
The seven-time Olympic medal winner, who returned to competition in August, told the “Today” show that the 2024 Olympics in Paris is “the path I would love to go.”
Following the U.S. Classic and U.S. Championships in August, Biles remained mum about the upcoming Summer Games. But she spoke with “Today” host Hoda Kotb about her goals, which include Paris.
“If I had $5 in my hand and I was going to Vegas and I’m like, ‘I’m going to bet on whether Simone will go to the Olympics or not,'” Kotb asked, “where would I put my five bucks, the yay or the nay?”
Biles responded: “I wouldn’t mind if you put it in the yay section.”
The five-time world all-around champion is likely to compete at this year’s world championships after taking home the all-around title at the U.S. competition. Still, she’s remaining down to earth amid her return to gymnastics.
“I think we have to be a little bit more cautious about how we do things. So everything that we’re doing leading up to this next Games or whatever is very intentional,” Biles said. “We’ve kind of been playing it on the down low this time, making sure mentally and physically are both intact. So I think it’ll be different, but it’ll be good.”
Biles made headlines at the Tokyo Olympics when she had to withdraw from several events due to the “twisties,” which causes gymnasts to lose track of where they are in the air. Her absence sparked discussions about athletes’ physical and mental health, and Biles wants to continue to prioritize both as she approaches a potential third Olympic appearance.
“I think I have to take care of myself a little bit more and listen to my body and making sure that I’m making time for the important things in my life rather than before,” Biles said. “It was just like, go, go, go, and, then, making time after.
“This time around, it’s like being intentional, going to therapy, making sure everything is aligned so that I can do the best in the gym and be, like, a good wife, a good daughter, a good friend, all the good things.”
And while Biles’ return to the sport has looked easy, it hasn’t always been, she admitted.
“There were times when I would come in the gym and I’d be like, ‘You know what? No, I don’t think this is going to work,'” she said. “And then I was like, ‘No, I’m going to give it another day. I’m going to give it another day.’ So I think just showing up and putting that work and that effort in really, really came to play.
“So as long as I showed up for another day and kept putting that work in, then [any doubts] kind of went down and dwindled. So, right now, I’m feeling really good. I think I still sometimes doubt myself, but I’m still doing my therapy and making sure everything’s aligned well.”
EXCLUSIVE: Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) joins TODAY’s @hodakotb to talk about returning to competition, setting her sights on the 2024 Olympics in Paris, her long-distance married life with Jonathan Owens and more! @NBCsports #Paris2024 pic.twitter.com/8v2tcGnESK— TODAY (@TODAYshow) September 7, 2023
EXCLUSIVE: Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) joins TODAY’s @hodakotb to talk about returning to competition, setting her sights on the 2024 Olympics in Paris, her long-distance married life with Jonathan Owens and more! @NBCsports #Paris2024 pic.twitter.com/8v2tcGnESK