Gymnastics superstar Simone Biles will compete at the upcoming world championships in Antwerp, Team USA announced Wednesday.
“Simone Biles – only American woman in history selected to compete in six World Artistic Gymnastics Championships” posted Team USA on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Biles has been blindsided since returning to competition for the first time in August since withdrawing from most of her events at the pandemic-postponed 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
The four-time Olympic gold medalist looked as brilliant as ever in two competitions last month, twice nailing her signature Yurchenko double pike, a jump so difficult that no other woman has performed it in competition.
She won a record eighth American all-around title at the national championships, adding to her 19 world titles at the September 30-October 8 world championships in Belgium.
Biles said this month that she would “love” to chase more gold at the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
The 26-year-old withdrew from most of her competitions in Tokyo two years ago after battling twisties, a dangerous phenomenon in which gymnasts lose their sense of where they are in the air.
Her decision to withdraw was hailed as a turning point for the issue of mental health in elite sport, and Biles reiterated this month that even as she looks to Paris, she remains focused on her mental health.