Simone Biles Announces Return to Competitive Gymnastics After Two-Year Hiatus

The 2016 Olympic medalist is competing in the U.S. Classic in August.
Simone Biles.

Simone Biles.

Simone Biles is getting back into her sport competitively. The newly-married professional gymnast is making her long-awaited return to the floor, beams and bars this August, as she will compete in the U.S. Classic in Illinois, a qualifying meet for the U.S. Gymnastics Championships.

The 26-year-old’s last competition was at the Tokyo Games in 2021, where she withdrew after experiencing the “twisties” and began prioritizing her mental health. Biles has seven U.S. all-around titles, which she earned each year from 2013 through 2016, and in ’18, ’19 and ’21.

Though there has been speculation about the Ohio native’s return to the sport, the official USA Gymnastics Instagram account confirmed the news on June 28.

“Coming soon to U.S. Classic... A trio of Olympic Gold Medalists headline the list of athletes registered for the 2023 U.S. Classic, held August 4 & 5 at @now_arena!” the brand wrote. “Check out the link in our bio for the full list of entrants!”

Biles will be joined by ’21 gold medalist Sunisa Lee and ’22 gold medalist Jade Carey.

Biles and Green Bay Packers safety Jonathan Owens got married in April. The couple met on dating app Raya and tied the knot in two weddings—one civil ceremony at the Harris County Courthouse and another Cabo San Lucas beach wedding.

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Ananya Panchal


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