Simone Biles 'Keeping the Door Open' for Potential 2024 Paris Olympics Return

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVAugust 4, 2021

Simone Biles, of the United States, finishes on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's apparatus final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
AP Photo/Ashley Landis

Simone Biles may not be done competing in the Olympics.

During an interview with Today's Hoda Kotb, the gymnast said she is "keeping the door open" for a potential return in the 2024 Games in Paris. However, she also said she would like to take some time to reflect on her accomplishments and career.

"I think I have to relish and take this Olympics in, and kind of recognize what I've done with my career because after 2016, I didn't get to do that," Biles said. "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 ended her Olympics on a high note when she won the bronze medal in the balance beam final. She finished with a score of 14.000, coming in third behind China's Guan Chenchen (14.633) and Tang Xijing (14.233).

#TokyoOlympics @NBCOlympics

Biles beams again! ✨<a href="https://twitter.com/Simone_Biles?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Simone_Biles</a> returns and takes home the BRONZE in the women's balance beam final! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TokyoOlympics?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TokyoOlympics</a> x <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamUSA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TeamUSA</a> <br><br>πŸ“Ί: NBC<br>πŸ’»: <a href="https://t.co/xHOJq5UwlD">https://t.co/xHOJq5UwlD</a><br>πŸ“±: NBC Sports App <a href="https://t.co/dJ3DrRwtU3">pic.twitter.com/dJ3DrRwtU3</a>

"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," she said of returning for the balance beam. "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 is widely regarded as one of the greatest gymnasts of all-time and has seven Olympic medals (four golds, one silver and two bronzes) to back up such an assertion.

In fact, she is so far ahead of the competition that there are specific moves named after her.

However, she withdrew from the team all-around, the individual all-around, the vault, floor exercise and uneven bar events during the Tokyo Games. She wrote on Instagram that she was dealing with "the twisties" during practices and did not feel in control while performing flips in the air.

Biles also expressed her appreciation for the support she received after pulling out of the events:

Simone Biles @Simone_Biles

the outpouring love &amp; support I’ve received has made me realize I’m more than my accomplishments and gymnastics which I never truly believed before. 🀍

"I thought that was brave of me too, just because if you would have asked me a couple years ago, I would have kept pushing through but I'm at the age now where I kind of control my own mental well-being and I knew that it was the best decision for the team and myself," she said in the Today interview. "I wasn't stubborn, so I'm proud of myself for the growth."

Despite not competing in many of the events, she was a vocal presence during the gymnastics competition thanks to her public support and cheering of teammates, such as Suni Lee as she won gold in the individual all-around event.

There may be even more to cheer about if she returns for the 2024 Games.