Simone Biles Has Triumphant Return, Winning First Gymnastics Contest In 2 Years

After a lengthy layoff, Biles took home the top prize in the U.S. Classic.

After taking two years to recover after the Tokyo Olympics, Simone Biles reclaimed her status as the best gymnast in the world after winning the U.S. Classic, CBS News reports.

The four-time Olympic gold medalist gave the sold-out crowd at the NOW Arena in Chicago an electric performance although she's only been back in training since April. In the all-around event, she posted a score of 59.100 which put her far out in front of competitors. Leanne Wong who won the silver medal finished a full five points behind Biles.

Following her victory, Biles expressed his excitement about being back in competition.

"I think the night went really well," Biles said. "Everything has fallen into place. I feel really good about where I am right now, mentally and physically. There are some things to work on in my routines, but for the first meet back, I would say it went pretty well. I'm very shocked and surprised."

During the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Biles withdrew from competition to focus on her mental health after suffering from the “twisties” which is a gymnast’s sudden loss of air awareness during a routine.

“After further consultation with medical staff, Simone Biles has decided to withdraw from the event finals for vault and the uneven bars. She will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether to compete in the finals for floor exercise and balance beam,” USA Gymnastics said at the time.

Simone Biles Is Planning Her Return to Gymnastics

In July, Biles announced she was returning to action after undergoing "lots of therapy.” While she took a break from competing, she married her long-time partner NFL defensive back Jonathan Owens in April who she described as her “soul mate.”

Biles explained that she wanted to be at her best because of the support she received during her hiatus.

"After everything that transpired in Tokyo, the amount of outpouring of love and support that I had on Twitter, on Instagram, and in the arena was just really shocking and surprising to me that they still have so much belief in me," Biles said. "They still love me, and it just makes my heart warm. Especially in a time like this where I was really nervous to compete again."

In gymnastics, the U.S. Classic is considered a warm-up event followed by the U.S. Championships which are set to take palace later this month,

The World Championships are set for October and the 2024 Olympics commence next July.

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