2024 Paris Olympics: Simone Biles, Suni Lee return to Olympic stage

Simone Biles

Simone Biles is going to the Olympic games once again.

Three years after leaving the Tokyo Olympics due to concerns about her own mental health, Biles took center stage during the United States Gymnastics Olympic Trials on Sunday, securing her spot on her third Olympic team.

“This is definitely our redemption tour,” Biles said after winning the trials. “I feel like we all have more to give.”

The veteran competitor left the 2021 games after experiencing “the twisties,” a mental block where gymnasts lose track of how their body is positioned in space.

She returned to competition in 2023.

Biles is 27 and is the oldest American woman to make the team since the 1950s. She is also the fourth woman to compete in three Olympics, CNN reported.

“Nobody’s forcing me to do it,” she said. “I wake up every day and choose to grind in the gym and come out here and perform for myself. Just to remind myself that I can still do it.”

She will be joined by Olympic veterans Suni Lee, Jordan Chiles, Jade Carey and newcomer Hezly Rivera. Rounding out the team are Joscelyn Roberson and Leanne Wong as traveling replacement athletes.

Biles finished with an overall score of 117.225, Lee was second with 111.675, and Chiles was third with 111.425, CNN reported.

Taylor Swift featured prominently in Biles’ win as the Olympian performed her floor routine to Swift’s “...Ready for It,” NBC reported.

The singer commented on social media, saying that Biles was “ready for it.”

The opening ceremonies for the Paris Olympics will be held July 26, and run through Aug. 11.