Simone Biles withdrew herself from the team event and the individual all-around competition at the Games to focus on her mental health, and now, after making her return, she's suffered a devastating tragedy...

Simone Biles bagged a bronze medal on the balance beam on Tuesday...

But behind the scenes, she was hit with some tragic news.

The 4-time Olympic gold medalist got back into the competition after pulling out of the USA gymnastics team final last week...


The news came in after she made a shocking error on the vault, resulting in her lowest score in years.

After withdrawing from the final, Biles said that she had to focus on her mental health.


A decision that has been praised by people around the globe.

But shortly after Biles returned, she received some tragic family news...

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Meaning she had to push even harder to put on appearances during her latest competition.

Now, Simone Biles is an American treasure.


At the ripe age of twenty-four, Simone has quickly become one of the most talented and successful gymnasts in the world.

She rose to fame in the 2016 Summer Olympics.


Having practiced gymnastics since the age of 6, Biles has grown and worked hard to become a 5-time Olympic medalist and fourteen-time world champion.

Though life hasn't always been easy for Simone.

Born originally in Columbus, Ohio, Simone and her siblings were in and out of foster care as a result of their parent's drug and alcohol addictions.

When she was 6, Simone and her younger sister, Adria, were adopted by their maternal grandparents.

Her grandfather, Ron, and grandmother, Nellie, took the girls in as their own, and even suggested that they call them "mom" and "dad." Speaking to Texas Monthly, Simone recalled the moment that her parents permitted for their titles to be changed: "She said, ‘It’s up to you guys. If you want to, you can call us mom and dad.' I went upstairs and tried practicing it in the mirror—‘mom, dad, mom, dad.’ Then I went downstairs, and she was in the kitchen. I looked up at her and I was like, ‘mom?’ She said, ‘Yes!’ "

She started practicing gymnastics at a young age.

She first tried gymnastics at just 6-years-old as part of a day-care field trip, where the instructors saw her potential and suggested that she continue with the sport.

She then went on to enroll in an optional training program at Bannon's Gymnastix.

Simone went from strength to strength.


With continual training from her coach, Aimee Boorman, Simone went on to compete in, and win, fourteen world championships. Despite her small 4 foot, 8 inch frame, Simone's explosive energy, dazzling performances, and outstanding gymnastic abilities made her larger than life and quickly drew in attention from all over the world.

She has grown to become one of our country's greatest Olympic champions.


In 2016, she won 4 gold medals at her first Olympic Games in Rio: 3 individual and 1 team, tying her with 4 other gymnasts for the Olympic record for the most gold medals won by a female gymnast in a single game.

After the Olympics, however, Simone took a year out.


Simone was becoming burnt out, and she took the decision to step out of the gym for twelve months, telling The Guardian that “I was so physically exhausted that I needed the break. Mentally and physically – I had earned it."

She has been open in the past about attending therapy.

She admitted that gymnastics was beginning to become toxic to her and that there were times when she found herself dreading going to the gym to train.

“I go to therapy to help with that because there were times when I didn't want to set foot in a gym. But am I going to let that keep me from my passion and the goals that I still have? It's just another bump you have to get over."

But, in typical Biles fashion, the gymnast came back in full force.


The 2018 World Championships were Biles' grand return to competition after her year out and, despite a few falls during her performances, she came out on top.

The margin of victory, even accounting for Simone's first falls in more than sixty career routines in the Olympics or world championships, marked the largest of her 4 all-around world titles.

And then, the gymnast returned to our headlines.

At the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championship in Kansas City, Missouri, the 5-time Olympic medalist made history by becoming the first-ever gymnast to land a double-twisting, double somersault dismount from the balance beam in a match.

And she didn't stop there...

The very next day, the gymnast went on to become the first woman to perfect the triple-twist, double-flip move in her first pass on floor.

And one of these moves may even be named after her!


According to Team USA, if Simone replicates the double-double dismount from the balance beam at the international meet in October, the move will be named after her - The Biles.

And, of course, Simone has remained as humble as ever.

Commenting on her incredible victory, she said: "It wasn't as good as in training. I'm just happy that I landed it because I feel like after night one, my confidence got shot down. So I was really worried about it going into today, that's all I could worry about. So I was really happy."

Her sheer talent is breathtaking...

And us mere mortals are not worthy to even compare ourselves to her, as this Twitter user so finely put it.

We can't take our eyes off her...

But then, Simone spoke out on a much more controversial issue.

3 years ago, USA Gymnastics trainer Larry Nassar was jailed for his sexual assaults against a series of young athletes.

​The horrific story is told in Netflix documentary ​Athlete A.

But for Simone, this isn't enough...

And she spoke out on the subject.

"It's far from over. There's still a lot of questions that still need to be answered," she said. "Just who knew what, when? You guys have failed so many athletes — and most of us underage. You guys don't think that's a bigger problem?"

"We bring them medals. We do our part."

"You can't do your part in return? It's just, like, it's sickening."

And she has said she wouldn't even let her own daughter compete in U.S gymnastics.

"Because I don't feel comfortable enough, because they haven't taken accountability for their actions and what they've done. And they haven't ensured us that it's never going to happen again."

But aside from everything she's been through, she's really shown the world what she's made of...

And she recently made history YET again!

She landed the hardest vault in women's gymnastic history... EVER.

Simone was competing at the 2021 GK U.S. Classic when she attempted what's called a Yurchenko double pike.

It's a seriously dangerous vault and if done wrong it could be career-ending... But Simone smashed it.

The judges assigned a difficulty value of 6.6 and she scored a 9.5 for her execution.

Speaking about the vault, Simone said:

"To finally just put it out in a competition was quite nice, I know it's not the correct value that we want, but I can still do it, so why not show off my ability and athleticism."

Check it out below...

Wow, just wow. She truly is an inspiration.

However, things haven't exactly gone the way she hoped at the Tokyo Olympics...

As per CBS Sports, Biles withdrew from the lineup last week after making an error on her vault in the opening minutes of the competition.

Biles had been expected to lead the U.S to gold in the team event...

But it just wasn't meant to be.

As per Sky News, a statement from USA Gymnastics said:

"Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue. She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions."

Biles could be seen leaving the arena after the mishap, before returning to support her teammates with her foot taped up.


The gymnast told the BBC, after being asked if she was ok: "Yes, I'm okay. Just dealing with things internally that will get fixed out within the next couple of days. But super proud of how they stepped up to the plate tonight and worked."

It has since been revealed that Biles' with withdrew citing mental health concerns.


In a statement, USA Gymnastics said: "After further medical evaluation, Simone Biles was withdrawn from the final individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games, in order to focus on her mental health. Simone will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether or not to participate in next week's individual event finals. Jade Carey, who had the ninth-highest score in qualifications, will participate in her place in the all-around."

Speaking with reporters after the final, Biles said:

"Whenever you get in a high stress situation, you kind of freak out. I have to focus on my mental health and not jeopardize my health and well-being."

Of course, Biles' withdrawal came with huge disappointment...

But, overall people have been very supportive and have praised her decision to prioritise her mental health...

Biles even received the support of several famous faces.

Michelle Obama took to Twitter to praise Biles, writing: "Am I good enough? Yes, I am. The mantra I practice daily. @Simone_Biles, we are proud of you and we are rooting for you. Congratulations on the the silver medal, Team @USA!"

However, Tuesday saw Biles return to the competition in the balance beam final.

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She took to the beam, nailing her routine and a double-pike dismount while her teammates cheered her on.

The performance earned Biles a bronze medal after she scored 14.000...

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Her 7th Olympic medal of her career.

But no one knew what was going on behind the scenes...

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And the devastation she had to face.

Not only has the gymnastics star had to battle through struggling with her mental health...

But also a recent, heartbreaking loss.

"It wasn't easy pulling out of all those competitions," Biles told reporters, per The Guardian.

"People just thought it was easy, but I physically and mentally was not in the right headspace and I didn't want to jeopardize my health and my safety because, at the end of the day, it's not worth it."

She continued...

"My mental and physical health is above all medals that I could ever win. So to be clear, to do beam, which I didn't think I was going to be, just meant the world to be back out there. And I wasn't expecting to walk away with the medal. I was just going out there doing this for me."

Biles then announced that her aunt on her father's side "unexpectedly passed."

"That was another one, I was like, 'Oh my God. This week needs to be over,'" Biles' coach Cecile Canqueteau-Landi told People.

"I asked her what do you need..."

"And she said, 'I just need some time.' I said, 'You call me, text me if you need anything I'll be here. Whatever that is.' She called her parents. She said, 'There's nothing I can do from over here. So I'm just going to finish my week and when I get home we'll deal with it.'"

Biles quickly became the spearhead of the Games, after opening up about her struggles... 

While some praised Biles for putting her mental wellbeing first, others criticized her, claiming she abandoned her team.

"I think it should be talked about a lot more, especially with athletes, because I know some of us are going through the same things and we're always told to push through it," she said.

"But we're all a little bit older now and we can kind of speak for ourselves."

"At the end of the day, we're not just entertainment, we're humans and there are things going on behind the scenes that we're also trying to juggle with as well on top of sports."

We couldn't be prouder of how she's dealt with everything. She truly is the GOAT.