Simone Biles: Participating in 2021 Olympics Isn't 'Set in Stone' After Delay

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistApril 1, 2020

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 04: SK-II and Simone Biles Reveal ?VS? Series Teaser Film For Beauty Is #NOCOMPETITION at Crosby Street Hotel on March 04, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for SK-II)
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Simone Biles isn't committing to taking part in the Olympics after the Games were delayed by one year because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Per the Associated Press, the gymnast did state she would probably take part in the Tokyo Games but admitted the difficulty of maintaining the necessary training for an additional year. 

"Well, nothing is really set in stone yet," she said. "We're trying to figure out the right training regiment just so mentally and physically we can try and stay on top of our game. We're just playing it by ear and really just listening to my body."

Biles noted she was "ready after three months to be done" with training and competing this year at the end of the Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee announced Monday that the Games have been rescheduled and will take place from July 23 through Aug. 8 next year. 

Following a hiatus in 2017, Biles returned to competition in 2018, starting with the United States Classic. She won every gold medal at the 2018 U.S. Gymnastics Championship, becoming the first woman to accomplish that feat since Dominique Dawes in 1994. 

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At the 2018 World Championships, Biles won six medals after being diagnosed with a kidney stone the day before competition began. 

Biles was selected to the United States Gymnastics team for the 2020 Olympics in February. She became the first American gymnast to win four gold medals at a single Games in 2016.   

 

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