Never before the 2021 Games in Tokyo have more words been written and stories created about an athlete that wasn’t competing in the Olympics.
Simone Biles withdrawing from multiple events due to suffering from the “Twisties” has been the biggest story of the Games so far.
The story took an exciting and different turn on Tuesday, as the 24-year old gymnastics star not only competed in the the balance beam, but she earned a bronze medal with her performance.
That allowed her to tie Shannon Miller as the most decorated American Olympian gymnast ever with 7 medals.
Biles adjusted her routine to lower the level of difficulty, and her dismount did not include any twists, yet it was still good enough to earn the bronze.
Here’s what Biles said after earning her medal. ““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.”
In Mens’s Basketball, Team USA got off to a slow start against Spain but Kevin Durant had another strong game, finishing with 29 points as the U.S. advanced to the quarterfinals with the 95-81 win.