Simone Biles will be competing in Tuesday's Olympic balance beam final.
After pulling out of the artistic gymnastics team final last week, the four-time gold medallist has since withdrawn from all of her scheduled individual events.
Only the balance beam final remains and Biles is vying for her last shot at winning a gold medal this summer.
The 24-year-old withdrew from the team final last week after her vault performance left her looking visibly disappointed. An awkward dismount contributed to her lowest ever score on the apparatus – 13.766. Biles then left the floor before returning shortly after and confirming she would not be continuing.
She has since withdrawn from the individual all-around, vault, uneven bars, and floor finals, but has been present during the events, watching her compatriots from the stands and showing her support.
Team USA went on to win silver in her absence, while her teammate Sunisa Lee won gold in the all-around individual event and bronze on the uneven bars. MyKayla Skinner also picked up silver in the vault event, taking the USA's gymnastics Olympic medal count in Tokyo to four so far.
Biles has cited mental health reasons for her non-participation so far at the Games. The gymnastic received an outpour of support from supporters and professionals alike, including Alex Scott and Ronda Rousey. The 24-year-old took to Twitter to thank everyone for the overwhelming reaction and admitted she "never truly believed" she was viewed as more than just her gymnastics accomplishments.
While Biles is the most decorated gymnast in history, she is yet to claim higher than a bronze medal on the beam. Coming back from such a difficult week and finding the strength to compete in the final individual event of the tournament only further shows why she is the best in the world.
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