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    Simone Biles takes to the balance beam for a last training session before today’s final

    Finally going for gold! Simone Biles takes to the balance beam for a last training session before today’s final after pulling out of three individual events and team final last week

    • Biles is making one last bid for Olympic glory today by giving beam a shot
    • The six-time Olympic medalist pulled herself out of the all-around, vault, floor exercise and uneven bars finals to focus on her mental health
    • Biles walked out onto the floor in red sweatpants with a blue shirt alongside teammate and Olympic champion Sunisa Lee

    American gymnast Simone Biles is warming up for the balance beam final when she will compete for the first time since dropping out of the team and three individual finals because of mental health issues. 

    The six-time Olympic medalist pulled herself out of the all-around, vault, floor exercise and uneven bars finals to focus on her mental health. 

    She will make one last bid for Olympic glory today by giving beam a shot during the final day of competition at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre.    

    American gymnast Simone Biles is warming up for the balance beam final when she will compete for the first time since dropping out of the team and three individual finals because of mental health issues

    Biles walked out onto the floor in red sweatpants with a blue shirt alongside teammate and Olympic champion Sunisa Lee.

    She was pictured in her leotard next to Lee and her coach Cecile Canqueteau-Landi and appeared to be in good spirits during the warm-up session.  

    Biles was seen warming up and practicing her routine on the balance beam at the last training session before tonight’s final. 

    At the Rio 2016 Olympics, Biles had to settle for a bronze medal on the balance beam, having made a major error during her routine, which had been expected to win her the gold. 

    Her decision to take part in the same final in Tokyo will give her the chance to get a second shot at the gold, as well as giving gymnastics fans one last chance to see the GOAT compete. 

    Biles is scheduled to go third during the eight-woman beam final, which is scheduled to begin at 5:45 p.m. Tokyo time. 

    She will make one last bid for Olympic glory today by giving beam a shot during the final day of competition at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre

    She will make one last bid for Olympic glory today by giving beam a shot during the final day of competition at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre

    The news that Biles will compete in the balance beam final suggests the athlete has managed to work through the mental health struggles which prompted her to pull out of the finals for the vault, floor exercise, and uneven bars – all of which she was expected to medal in. 

    Instead, Biles has taken on the role of cheerleader and spectator throughout each of the finals, including the floor exercise event on Monday, during which she was seen clapping and yelling while Carey, 21, competed in the Ariake Gymnastics Center.  

    Tuesday’s attempt at gold will be Biles’ last appearance at the Olympics – during which gymnast has endured a troubling struggle with poor mental health, leading her to drop out of four competitions, including the team and all-around finals. 

    It remains to be seen whether Biles will manage to surge ahead to medal glory in the balance beam final, which she qualified for in a disappointing seventh place – while her teammate Suni Lee finished in third place in the preliminary competition behind Guan Chenchen and Tang Xijing. 

    However, the gymnast has been putting in plenty of training time ahead of Tuesday’s final, working on several new skills that will allow her to complete a routine without worrying about her struggle with the ‘twisties’ – a mental phenomenon that causes gymnasts to feel like they are ‘lost in the air’ and can result in devastating injury.  

    Biles has stressed that being aged 24 and the oldest member of the US women’s team has added to her anxieties and is one of the reasons ‘the demons’ have affected her in Tokyo.

    Simone, one of the greatest all time Olympic gymnasts, will be 27 when the next games are staged in Paris in 2024 and has indicated that she plans to retire from elite competition long before then. 

    She said she had lost confidence and worried about competing and was suffering the ‘twisties’ which hamper the ability to maintain any awareness in the air, and can therefore result in serious injury. 

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