Biles all set to return to action on Saturday after more than a year's absence
DOHA: Olympic champion Simone Biles will return to action at the one-day US Classic Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday after more than a year's break since winning record-tying five medals overall at the 2014 Rio Games.
Biles tweeted on Monday that she plans to compete in all four disciplines at the US Classic that serves as the final qualifier for the 2018 national championships next month in Boston.
That's good news for her fans, who would be hoping to catch her action in the Qatari capital, which will host the Arab region’s first FIG Artistic World Championships.
“I almost had a mental breakdown but I had to reschedule it,” she had tweeted in mid-April, nearly six months after she began training for her return to competition at the US Classic Championships.
The 21-year-old has had some new experiences during this self-imposed break where she freaked out with her family on vacations, released her autobiography Courage to Soar and the Lifetime movie based on it.
She took time off after winning four gold and one bronze at the 2014 Games, but returned to training with new coach Laurent Landi.
Morgan Hurd won the all-around title in Biles’ absence at the Montreal edition last year, but USA will be strengthened if Biles decides to take part at this year’s Worlds, which starts on October 23 at the Aspire Dome.
Top three teams qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Games and Biles is expected to play an important role.
The super gymnast also added that she wants to retire after 2020 Olympics.
“I'll be 23, and for a gymnast that's pretty old. It's time to move. I've been in this sport. I've accomplished a lot. I think I need to see what else I can accomplish,” Biles told www.papermag.com.