The gymnastics GOAT Simone Biles is back! USA Gymnastics announced early Monday morning that Biles is going to compete on Tuesday in the finals for the balance beam. She’ll join Sunisa Lee in competing for gold in the final women’s gymnastics event of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
The event takes place at approximately 4:50 a.m. ET Tuesday morning, in between the men’s parallel bars final at 4 a.m. and the men’s horizontal bar final at 5:39 a.m. The events will air live via online stream at NBCOlympics.com, Peacock, and the NBC Sports app. The events will air on television during NBC’s prime time broadcast Tuesday evening starting at 8 p.m.
Biles comes into the event having finished seventh in qualifying while Lee finished third. The top eight advanced into the finals, and no country could advance more than two gymnasts. That hurt China, which had Chenchen Guan, Xijing Tang, and Yufei Lu all finish in the top five of qualifying. Lu did not advance, which bumped Brazil’s Flavia Saraiva into the final.
While Biles will likely not be the favorite in the balance beam, it is suddenly a must-watch event. She withdrew from the team competition due to some mental health issues, and subsequently withdrew from individual all-around and the first three individual event finals.
Lee might be the one to upset the favored Chinese gymnasts. Lee won the individual women’s all-around and took home bronze in the individual uneven bars competition. She had the second best balance beam score in both the individual all-around and team competitions.