Three months ago, Simone Biles’ social media feeds provided a ton of content.it was suffocating wedding news Suitable for young and beautiful celebrities, no budget:Noisy solo travel To Belize, Biles holds dual citizenship.Gorgeous blue and white theme shower; short court formula To reduce the burden of paperwork at the destination blow out Done with 4 in Mexico bespoke gown (and air force one) and a private serenade by a cellist Andrew Savoy. In every frame, Biles looked bright and had a glow that made even her shine. 32 world and olympic medals shame on you.
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If you are a gymnast aiming for the Paris Olympics next year, necessary I’d be back in the gym and working hard for at least a year…that’s what I thought. How did Biles have to wear four gorgeous gowns “two days a day” to be fitted?
Sure, there were rumors, there was a lot of talk on ‘Gymnet’, and even certain topics. loose-lipped coaching spouse While it was all but confirmed that Biles was indeed back in the gym, Goat’s own story remained steadfast. not retired, but she focused on family and health. So, she hoped the rumors were true, but she also realized that if Biles wanted to cut her hands for good, she owed us nothing.
But then! Quietly American gymnastics from sequined blue on June 28 published the roster It will be held in preparation for the US Classic (a domestic competition that gives the top finishers the right to participate in the next National Championship) to be held in Illinois from August 4 to 7. And Simone Biles is on that list, among superstar names like Suni Lee, Jordan Childs and Jade Carey. Not only did our queen drop Beyoncé’s non-comeback album drop, quietly confirming it without saying a word. was Back in the gym, she was ready to compete.
Returning to competition at such a large scale with this level of secrecy is impressive in itself. The gym where Biles trains serves hundreds of athletes and parents, all of whom have been tight-lipped for months. But Biles’ carefully orchestrated silence also speaks volumes. Her return (don’t call it a comeback!) means more than just her adding scores and medals to her towering ledge. It is also an important reassessment of her autonomy that she expressed at the Tokyo Olympics. She once again set a blazing example for everyone, including the next generation of gymnasts, women’s athletes and athletes.
She could have had one fall in every event, plus a bonus fall somewhere for fun and still win. Instead, she didn’t fall in the event and didn’t have a big break. anywhere.
Still, when my head stopped spinning in June, I had a lot of questions.
Number one: If Biles was already ready for the classic, When did she return to the gym? It takes most elite gymnasts 12 to 18 months to return to competitive form after a break (even though always go wrong). But as her wedding tour showed, Biles has been jetting around every creation since Tokyo! (Indeed, this particular person It shows It defies the laws of physics, but the space-time continuum is fragile even for her. ) Prior to the match, Biles’ answer to this hot question was… nothing. (Well, it’s not none-there is nothing. She revealed that she did.more than a year off” Temporary story on Instagram after Tokyo.
I found my next question easier to navigate. How many competitions will Biles be competing in? Many top-class gymnasts compete in individual all-around (vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercise in women’s gymnastics), but since Tokyo, there has been talk that a 26-year-old legend might be competing. probably She shined at the Paris Games as a vault specialist and had to train for other events, especially including the dreaded uneven bars (which she happens to have at the event, which is her “worst” event). omitted. world silver medal).
But shortly after he didn’t make the announcement, Biles began posting short training shots. video, and those included… working at a bar! She’s training on the bar, which surely means she’s also training in her three exercises, which she enjoys. In fact, not only is GOAT training in all four of her events by the time the U.S. National Team’s camps begin in July, but she’s also training based on the unofficial scores the gymnasts have earned during their competitions. Evidence has arrived that camp–She was ready to rule again.
The last question I had was a little uncomfortable. would a person do that? I know nothing about gymnastics be mean Unleashes epic bommots about her return, ‘quitting’ from her comfort zone Mojo Dojo House? There is some, but not enough to be feared.
So when Biles hit the U.S. Classic Stadium on August 5, the majority of TV viewers still had more questions than answers about what exactly GOAT was going to show the world. was
And she stepped into the arena, blew the damn roof off the place.After epic save uneven bars and almost perfect beam routine Biles has a blistering pace, performing a quick floor exercise with stunning choreography (perhaps her best yet) and four solid tumbling passes. 3 of them were unsuccessful. of Even though it’s the highest difficulty she’s ever achieved, it’s still harder than anyone else in the world can achieve. One, from front full twists to tucked double-doubles, further increased the difficulty of the 2021 stratosphere.
and after thatWhen Biles revived the monumental Yurchenko Double Pike, my friends, came to the vault, and she absolutely excavated Landing impossibly difficult skills in a near-vertical posture with a short stride.It was a miracle just to see that safe again, but it was a miracle to see it done. Bettersomehow than other screenings only During the competition, the night of victory turned into something unreal at the end of the match, when the gymnast was tired.
Biles beat Her closest American all-rounder, 2021 Olympic alternate candidate Lian Wong, is no slouch, but she has a five-point lead with 59.1 points. (Most gymnastics, after all, one tenth This means that she could have fallen once in every event, plus a bonus fall somewhere for fun and still win. But instead, she didn’t fall at the event, no big breaks anywhere, no “” signs.twisty’ Or a fragment of her former visible and understandable affliction. (Also, she no longer has the tape around her ankle in 2021, and no longer suffers from constant, excruciating pain.)
Little did we know, with her double pike vault and all-around scoring, an even bigger bomb was yet to come.Biles after the game clearly The elusive answer is that she returned to the gym in September 2022 — a dauntingly short time in itself, given what we’ve seen so far — but , The purpose was only to “get back in shape”.
After training for just one month, she Off for most of the rest of 2022 After temporarily returning to “one day two” in January due to pre-speaking activities and vacations, it plunged directly into the aforementioned early 2023 wedding frenzy. Taken together, her report means she was only in full training. Strength for the first time in about three and a half months after the wedding on April 22nd. (She enthusiastically praises coaches Laurent and Cecil Landy for strategically building difficult routines and combinations in preparation.)
It’s hard to express how disconcerting this short training time is to not only compete in, but win, a high-stakes elite event. (There’s no reason to doubt her account.) Somehow, Ms. Biles is at least more sophisticated, relaxed, confident, in control, and terribly miserable than we’ve seen her in the last three years. It didn’t seem like She’s back to world domination in less time than it takes most of us to get ready from couch to 5K, even if she does. (I couldn’t, or suffice it to say I don’t.)
But dropping the bomb wasn’t the end of the story. Biles later revealed that someone from an “internal team” had confronted her in Tokyo and said she was their “person”.gold medal token‘, and she said she needed to be more ‘hilarious’. This is because on the eve of the Olympics, the person who was supposed to be in her only face-to-face support system (her close family was unable to travel to Tokyo due to COVID-19 restrictions) was unable to attend her harsh It means that the amount of work has been reduced without hesitation. Placed just to be there in difficult circumstances. Worse, they were treating her expected win as a minimum standard of acceptable performance rather than as the remarkable achievement it was supposed to deliver.The national program, blessed as a host, has proven itself before not worth hosting–The undisputed best athlete in the history of the sport treated him like currency.
So it’s no surprise that Biles retired. After a perfect storm of pressure, torturous delays, uncertainty, relentless physical strain, fear of winding roads and the program she needed, it was only natural that she took some time off. is. Granted. she went to therapy.
she got engaged. And finally, without her notice, she came right back to the gym on her own terms. Some might be tempted to think of this return as part of the Redemption Edition. Our hero returns to Tokyo to triumph one last time, aiming to “correct” for the happy ending his career as a gymnast deserves. But Simone Biles has nothing redeemable. She didn’t have to go back. Had she retired, she would have remained beloved as the only true GOAT, at least until the next immense transcendental gymnast emerged (if anything is possible). Her exit from Tokyo will be and will be remembered by many as another kind of self-determined victory. However, it turns out that a 2023 return was always part of the plan. After the Classic, she told reporters that she had no intention of quitting gymnastics following the events in Tokyo. But she was sure she would never stop being treated like garbage.
Given the range of Biles-related press coverage since her return, some may have the misconception that she is the only gymnast in the world, or at least in the United States. This is incorrect. In fact, the US program has the following characteristics: full roster of world class gymnast right This second time around, winning all major international competitions for the next two years without Biles was already an advantage. Despite a strong international field, recent changes in a points provision that seemed specifically designed to minimize our country’s historical advantage. Moreover, the new national team leadership is unlikely to make the same mistake Tom Forster made in 2021. They don’t build teams around a particular athlete, no matter how dominant that athlete is. shit happens. Unexpected events such as injuries, illnesses, and family emergencies always keep an athlete out of the sport, but it’s still unconscionable not to prepare a team for such an eventuality.
Still, for now, the composition of the future U.S. team remains a speculation. Biles has yet to formally announce that he is aiming for this year’s World Championships or next year’s Olympics. And given her new tight-lipped style, we shouldn’t expect to know her timeline. Simone Biles is a character, someone who does what she wants on and off the mat. It is a matter of course. She has already given the sport immeasurable richness. I was thrilled to see her compete again in the Classics. But no one, not even the Olympic team, has Simone Biles’ rights. Gymnastics.
Correction 08/10/2023: Due to an editorial error, this article originally incorrectly identified the location of the US Classic as San Jose, California.