Simone Biles is officially back in action.
In her triumphant Olympic return since withdrawing from the team competition a week ago with a case of “the twisties,” Biles won the bronze medal in Tuesday night’s balance beam final.
Her third-place finish earned Biles a seventh career Olympic medal, tying her with Shannon Miller for the most by a U.S. gymnast.
The gymnastics legend finished behind Guan Chenchen and Tang Xijing, both of China. Guan took the gold with a score of 14.633, ahead of Tang 14.233.
Making history. Always. @Simone_Biles ties the record for the most Olympic medals won by a U.S. gymnast. #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/4lXZ6waUeQ— Team USA (@TeamUSA) August 3, 2021
Making history. Always. @Simone_Biles ties the record for the most Olympic medals won by a U.S. gymnast. #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/4lXZ6waUeQ
Biles, 24, also withdrew from the individual all-around and the first three event finals, before announcing her comeback to competition on Monday.
As the reigning world champion on balance beam, and the bronze medalist at the Rio Olympics in 2016, Biles’ decision to return to this event was a reminder to many of her longstanding greatness.