SIMONE BILES' ROAD TO A THIRD OLYMPIC GAMES TAKES CENTRE STAGE AT U.S. CLASSIC: 'I KNOW WHAT I'M CAPABLE OF'

Three years ago, U.S. gymnastics superstar Simone Biles probably would have never expected to be gripping up to compete in the all-around for this week’s U.S. Classic in Hartford, Connecticut.

The star-studded event (set for 18 May), which will feature fellow Olympic all-around gold medallists Sunisa Lee and Gabby Douglas, will be Biles’ first competition of the 2024 season, as she begins her quest for a third Olympic appearance … and redemption.

A heavy favourite to win multiple gold medals heading into the Tokyo 2020 Games, Biles was forced to withdraw from the women’s team final and all but one individual final to prioritise her mental health as she dealt with what gymnasts call ‘the twisties,’ where the body and mind fall out of sync.

I think it’s kind of obvious. I mean, you saw what happened [in Tokyo], pulling out of five finals [when] I know what I’m capable of and know what I can do,” Biles told media when asked what had brought her back to the sport after the 2023 U.S. Classic, her first competition since Tokyo 2020.

She went on to have a historic return to the sport, capturing unprecedented career eighth and sixth all-around titles at the U.S. and World Championships, respectively. Her haul at the global meet in Antwerp included four golds (team, all-around, balance beam and floor exercise) and a silver on vault.

Biles enters the 2024 season as the most decorated male or female gymnast ever, having won a combined 37 Olympic and world medals.