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  • Simone Biles is keeping her options open regarding future Olympic competition after earning a bronze medal in Tokyo.
  • Biles, who withdrew from several events after becoming “lost in the air” during her team vault performance, told NBC’s Hoda Kotb Wednesday that she needs time to “relish and take this Olympics in.”
  • "Life just happens so quickly and now I have a greater appreciation for life after everything that's happened in the last five years,” Biles said.

American Olympian gymnast Simone Biles is keeping her options open regarding future Olympic competition after earning a bronze medal in Tokyo. 

Biles, who withdrew from several events after becoming “lost in the air” during her team vault performance, told NBC’s Hoda Kotb Wednesday on the “Today” show that she needs time to “relish and take this Olympics in.”

Yet the seven-time medalist said she is “keeping the door open” for the future.

“Life just happens so quickly and now I have a greater appreciation for life after everything that's happened in the last five years,” Biles said. 


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Meanwhile, Biles told Kotb she had considered withdrawing from the beam event before picking up the confidence to compete and winning the bronze medal in the final. 

“It's so crazy. I'm happy I was able to get back out there and do one more routine, especially since I had the girls there rooting me on as well as the guys. It just felt really amazing.”

“I'm proud of myself for the way I pushed through and even learned that dismount that I haven't done in years. And just put up a good set, that's all I really wanted. I wasn't expecting to walk away with a medal or anything, I just wanted to go out there and do it for myself. And I did.”

Biles added that her victory in Tokyo “feels better than Rio’s bronze” because it proved to her she could do it for herself, adding that she was “just excited to compete in the Olympics again because at the beginning I just thought it was over."


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The 24-year-old, two-time Olympian also revealed Tuesday night that her aunt had passed two days prior to the beam final, adding to the abundant adversity of the previous week. 

Biles’ coach Cecile Canqueteau-Landi told reporters after the final marked another instance where she thought “'Oh my God. This week needs to be over,’” according to People

"I asked her what do you need. And she said, 'I just need some time.' I said, 'You call me, text me if you need anything I'll be here, Landi said. Whatever that is.' She called her parents. She said, 'There's nothing I can do from over here. So I'm just going to finish my week and when I get home we'll deal with it.' "


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Published on Aug 04, 2021